Tour de France: 3 things to know about the 16th stage between La Tour-du-Pin and Villard-de-Lans


Every day during this Tour de France 2020, we invite you to decipher the stage to come with three things to know about the course and its characteristics. This Tuesday, after the day’s rest, the peloton snorts for the 16th stage, between La Tour-du-Pin and Villard-de-Lans.

The Tour of Isère. This step should have taken place on July 14. It is 100% iséroise. It will first bypass Grenoble via the Chartreuse and the foothills of the Belledonne massif. The stage will then join the Vercors by the climb of Saint-Nizier-du-Moucherotte, which is announced rather rolling. In view of the gargantuan menu the next day with the terrible Col de la Madeleine but above all and the unprecedented and very tough Col de la Loze, this 16th stage should be reserved for backpackers.

Where Delgado definitely won the Tour… despite testing positive. In 1988, the Spaniard Pedro Delgado had the opportunity to win his first Tour de France. Already leader in the standings, he consolidated his yellow jersey by winning the 38 km time trial between Grenoble and Villard-de-Lans. After the step, he tests positive for probenecid – a diuretic that masks the use of anabolic steroids. The Spaniard finally escapes being ousted from the Tour because the said product was on the list of products banned by the Olympic Committee (IOC) but not yet on that of the UCI, the international federation. Other times, other manners…

The premiere of Fignon. La Tour-du-Pin has only been a departure city once before in its history. It was July 18, 1983 for a stage arriving at Alpe-d’Huez and won by the Dutchman Peter Winnen. But, at its end, it was above all the takeover of power by a certain Laurent Fignon that marked this stage. Fignon took on the first yellow jersey of his career there, a few days before winning the first of his two Tours de France (1983, 1984). This day is especially the last of the ordeal of another Frenchman, Pascal Simon, yellow jersey with a fractured scapula since the 11th stage. He eventually climbed into the ambulance.

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