July 18, 2012; Pau-Bagneres de Luchon, FRANCE; Bradley Wiggins (GBR), in yellow, during stage sixteen of the 2012 Tour de France between Pau and Bagneres de Luchon. Mandatory Credit: Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports

Tour de France 2013: Rui Costa Wins 16th Stage; Froome and Contador Bicker


Portugal’s Rui Costa won the sixteenth stage of the 2013 Tour de France today, breaking away from the pack while ascending Manse. It marked the second time Costa has won a stage of the Tour, his first win coming in 2011.

The big news of the day, though, regarded an exchange of words between leader Chris Froome and his biggest rival, Spain’s Alberto Contador. Froome blamed the two-time champion Contador for almost causing a wreck on a sharp corner while the two headed down the treacherous Manse (via ESPN):

One little accident and it could be the end of your Tour. In my opinion it was a bit dangerous from Alberto to ride like that, it’s not good. It actually put me in danger because I had to go off the road to avoid him. He couldn’t control his own speed and crashed.

Contador defended himself after the race:

It was really difficult. In normal conditions I wouldn’t have slipped like that, but it was very difficult terrain and the bike got away from me. Sometimes you have to go for it, whether it’s at the start or the end of a stage.

Froome leads Bauke Mollema by 4:14 and Contador by 4:25.

[Source: ESPN]

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