Rui Costa (Movistar) attacked his way to the stage 16 victory at the Tour de France in Gap on Tuesday. The Portuguese Tour de Suisse champion attacked on the final climb, the Cat. 2 Col de Manse, to distance the day’s long breakaway and solo to his second career stage win at the Tour.

Christophe Riblon (Ag2r La Mondiale) won a four-up sprint for second, 42 seconds behind Costa. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ.fr) was third in the 168-kilometer leg from Vaison la Romaine to Gap.

“This means a lot,” said Costa. “I have worked hard to be ready for this Tour. I lost a lot of time the same day that [Alejandro] Valverde did, so I had to change the idea about this Tour. It was a good stage for a breakaway. It was a big fight to get into the move, but once we pulled clear, I was feeling good. It helps take away from the disappointment. It’s important for me and for the team. We were looking for a stage victory during this Tour. Now that we have one, we can be more tranquil going into the Alps.”

After a mishap on the descent to Gap, Chris Froome (Sky) finished in the group with his top overall rivals to defend the yellow jersey ahead of Wednesday’s stage 17 individual time trial. Froome was held up when Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) crashed in front of him, but the pair did not lose time when their rivals waited for them.

Report taken from Velonews