Tour de France: Going long pays off for Konrad in Saint-Gaudens

Austrian Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 16 from solo breakaway
Austrian Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 16 from solo breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Less than a week after Nils Politt claimed a fine solo victory in Nîmes, Bora-Hansgrohe hit the Tour de France jackpot again in rain-soaked stage 16 to Saint-Gaudens as Austrian National Champion Patrick Konrad triumphantly rode home alone ahead of the field.

Ahead of his closest pursuer, Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious), by 42 seconds when he crossed the line, Konrad said his decision to go for a lengthy, solo attack 37 kilometres from the line was partly due to finishing second behind Bauke Mollema  (Trek-Segafredo), after he and the Dutchman were in a breakaway on Saturday.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.