By Hedwig Kröner in La Toussuire
AG2R's Simon Gerrans, who came back to racing after a messed-up season start due to injury, is hanging in there at the Tour de France. Supporting his teammates, who are experiencing a good Tour with one stage win and the yellow jersey too look back to, as well as good overall placings for Dessel and Moreau, Gerrans is bravely continuing the race despite various illnesses.
"I have plenty of health problems," said Gerrans in Bourg d'Oisans at the start of stage 16. "I just want to survive these mountain stages, and then I'll think about what I can still do at this Tour. I'll do my best to look after Cyril (Dessel), who's going really well - that's my job now."