Five things to know as the
1. Don't mind the gap: Usually at the Tour, the yellow jersey-wearer and his teammates will chase down a breakaway to protect his lead. But during Tuesday's 16th stage, a bunch around
2. Do mind the bends: Froome got quite a scare during the ride into the Alpine town of Gap. The Team Sky leader was close on the back wheel of third-placed
3. The dope-test ritual: "Cadel: Medical!" shouted a BMC team staffer to Australian
4. The doctor's note: Sometimes riders can take otherwise banned drugs during the Tour — as long as they have a doctor's note. For example, some cyclists suffer from a type of
5. Time trial time, part two: The pack splits into its individual parts Wednesday, as riders set off one by one for the 20-mile time trial from Embrun to Chorges in Stage 17. If prior performance is any sign of future results, Froome should shine: He was second in the Tour's first time trial last week and gained more than a minute on all his main rivals hoping to take the yellow jersey off him before Sunday's finish in Paris. The stage features two small climbs in the Alpine foothills.
Stage 16 results
1. Rui Costa, Portugal, Movistar, 3 hours 52 minutes 45 seconds.
5. Andreas Kloeden, Germany, RadioShack Leopard, same time.
1. Chris Froome, England, Sky Procycling, 65 hours 15 minutes 36 seconds.
3. Alberto Contador, Spain, Team Saxo-Tinkoff, 4:25 behind.