This is part 2 of MMT’s analysis of the TDF 2016. Last time MMT focused on those that didn’t finish the TDF. Afterall, its a hug achievement to finish, even if a rider finished in the bottom ten. Which segues nicely into this blog, the analysis of the race for the lantern rouge, otherwise known as last place. So first a few facts and figures about the big race.
36 riders from 20 different teams featured in the bottom 10. France had the best representation with 7 riders, which is hardly surprising as 38 starters were French.
Only Astana and Trek-Segafredo had no riders finish in the bottom 10 of any stage.
Only 1 rider managed to start, stay and finish in the bottom 10, take a bow Lars Ytting Bak of Lotto Soudal.
So here’s the bottom ten as they finished on stage 21:
|1||174||Sam Bennett (Ireland) BORA-ARGON 18||+5:17:14|
|2||173||Lars Ytting Bak (Denmark) LOTTO SOUDAL||+5:01:18|
|3||172||Leigh Howard (Australia) IAM CYCLING||+4:55:13|
|4||171||Bernhard Eisel (Austria) DIMENSION DATA||+4:51:07|
|5||170||Daniel Mclay (Great Britain) FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT||+4:50:14|
|6||169||Marcel Sieberg (Germany) LOTTO SOUDAL||+4:40:24|
|7||168||Davide Cimolai (Italy) LAMPRE – MERIDA||+4:39:37|
|8||167||Vegard Breen (Norway) FORTUNEO – VITAL CONCEPT||+4:38:27|
|9||166||Marcel Kittel (Germany) ETIXX – QUICK STEP||+4:35:06|
|10||165||Jacopo Guarnieri (Italy) TEAM KATUSHA||+4:34:45|
Congratulations to Ireland’s Sam Bennett who entered the annals of cycle sport history by finishing last in the 2016 TDF. He can quite rightly claim that he was better than the 22 riders who didn’t finish. Keep in mind he had a horrible stack on the first stage which left him bruised and most tellingly for a sprinter, a broken small finger.
So lets look at how this race for the lantern rouge progressed for these ten riders over the 21 stages of this years race.
No surprises that most of these guys were sprinters. I feel a bit for Marcel Kittel who couldn’t take a trick on the spirit stages and then limped home on the final stage. Leigh Howard must be considering himself lucky as he nearly went the double, backing on his last place in the Giro this year.
Well that’s enough pretty graphs and sniping 😉 until next time ride safe.