Stage sixteen came about as two different races,

Twenty minutes apart such were two distinct paces,

The break came in first, left unchallenged all day,

After Sagan got sprint points, as is ever the way.


Ruben Plaza attacked on the way up the Manse,

Grabbing time on the rest, leading Sagan a dance,

Then the green hurtled down at phenomenal speed,

But the Spaniard had been given too much of a lead,

It was first, then for Plaza, with Sagan behind,

The position to which he is often consigned.


Then Nibali went,

Stealing some time on the climb for descent,

Which when it arrived was both manic and fast,

With corners so tight when you saw them they’d passed,


So Tejay clipped Barguil, and Barguil clipped G,

Who careered off the road, down a ditch, into trees,

Yet the Welshman recovered with no damage to tell,

and retained his sixth spot in the GC as well,


The Shark gained some seconds not enough to make hay,

When Froome and Quintana still have Alps to go play,

The win was for Plaza, and also Lampre,

Before visiting Gap for the final rest day.