Take 2: Thor Hushovd Grabs Tour de France Stage 16 Triumph, Oakley Holds Six of Top 10

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Make that two for Thor Hushovd.

Oakley’s Norwegian World Champ blazed his way to his second stage win at the 2011 Tour de France with an impressive sprint finish in Gap. Coming out of the gates on fire for the last six days of racing, he displayed top form during the 162.5km 16th stage – spanning from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateax to Gap.

There were 10 men to break away from the pack after the 90km mark – and Thor powered to the front with Ryder Hesjedal and fellow Oakley Rider Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky).

The Norwegian standout, with some help from Hesjedal, engaged in a head to head sprint with Boasson Hagen all the way to the line – where Thor clutched the victory.

But the day held even more glory for the Big O. Oakley’s Cadel Evans – Thor’s predecessor as world champ – catapulted up to second overall in the standings – a mere one minute and 45 seconds behind Thomas Voeckler. The 2007 and 2008 runner-up managed to defend an attack by defending champion Alberto Contador.

Meanwhile, O’s own Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) finished 5:32 behind in 36th place to fall to 3:03 behind the Yellow Jersey holder (Voeckler).

Top cap it all off, Oakley star sprinter Mark Cavendish retained the points classification leader’s green jersey, while fellow O rider Rigoberto Uran still leads the best young rider classification. Our riders still hold six of the Top 10 spots in the overall standings.

From here the treacherous Alpine ascents will test the field and decide who will stand atop the podium in Paris on Sunday. Keep your eyes peeled for the O as the action intensifies.

Thor’s Post-Stage Interview

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Cavendish Takes Charge

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General
1. VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR 69h 00’ 56" 

2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 69h 02’ 41" + 01’ 45" OAKLEY

3. SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 69h 02’ 45" + 01’ 49" OAKLEY

4. SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 69h 03’ 59" + 03’ 03" OAKLEY

5. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTELEUSKADI 69h 04’ 22" + 03’ 26" OAKLEY
6. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 69h 04’ 38" + 03’ 42" 

7. BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 69h 04’ 45" + 03’ 49" 

8. CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPREISD 69h 04’ 57" + 04’ 01"
9. DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMINCERVELO 69h 07’ 00" + 06’ 04" OAKLEY

10. URAN Rigoberto 118 SKY PROCYCLING 69h 08’ 51" + 07’ 55" OAKLEY

Author

Andrew De Lara

Date

July 20, 2011

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