Finally on the winner's step
The 16th stage of the Tour between Mourenx and Pau saw Phonak's Oscar Pereiro win a four man sprint to take the team's first stage win of this year's race. In doing so, he had to bridge a five minute gap to leader on the road Cadel Evans, forming a group with Evans, Zandio, and Mazzoleni that made it to the finish. Cyclingnews' Hedwig Kröner reports from Pau.
Oscar Pereiro Sio stayed true to the promise he made when the Spaniard lost the previous stage to Discovery's George Hincapie before rest day. "I'll continue trying and one day I hope to be rewarded," he had said - but that he would have the legs to try again so soon is truly remarkable.
The Spanish climber, who stayed on the winner's podium longer than usual to savour the moment, was very satisfied that he was able to make amends for his disappointment on Pla d'Adet. "I am delighted to get this after my disappointment the other day," he said. "This is a victory for Phonak. We have had a good year, myself and Floyd and the other riders, and worked hard to get ready for the Tour." Later, he admitted that he had also thought about his wife, Maria, and their little baby boy which will be born in about three months time as he crossed the line, kissing his wedding ring.
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