Created on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 Written by JEROME PUGMIRE,AP Sports Writer
GAP, France (AP) — Portuguese rider Rui Costa won the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday after breaking away on the last climb of a hilly trek.
Rui Alberto Costa of Portugal celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168 kilometers (105 miles) with start in in Vaison-la-Romaine and finish in Gap, France, Tuesday July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Costa secured the second stage win of his Tour career, crossing the line about 40 seconds ahead of Frenchman Christophe Riblon.
Race leader Chris Froome and his Tour rival Alberto Contador were about 12 minutes behind Costa, who is not considered a contender for overall victory.
The stage started from the Provence village of in Vaison-la-Romaine in the heart of Rhone winemaking country, and featured several medium-difficulty climbs along the 168-kilometer (104-mile) route to the Alpine town of Gap.