The 16th stage of the Tour de France 2016 sees the riders travel a relatively flat 209km stage from Moirans-en-Montagne in eastern France to Bern, Switzerland on Monday. Ahead of the final rest day of the season, the cyclists, especially Britain's Mark Cavendish, will once again be hoping to making their mark.
Cavendish, 31, has bagged four stage honours this time around and all his wins have come on a flat stage. He now has an overall 30 stage wins in his Tour de France career. Only legendary Belgium cyclist Eddy Merckx has more, with 34 stages in the Tour de France.
Stage 16 is the final stage for the sprinters to make a breakaway and create a mark. Apart from Cavendish, the likes of BMC's Greg Van Avermaet, Giant-Alpecin's John Degenkolb and current green jersey holder Tinkoff's Peter Sagan are tipped as the favourites to bag the stage honours.
The tour enters Switzerland after four years. The last it did was in Porrentruy in 2012.
The occasion will be special for 35-year-old Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, who is featuring in his final Tour de France. Call it a sheer coincidence or a surprise gift from the tour organisers, but when the seven-time Tour de France stage winner returns to his hometown in Bern, the emotions will be no less.
"It's a special day for me, a special day for Bern, and for the Swiss country. In some ways I'm looking forward to it, especially arriving in my home town. It's pretty special, a [once in a] lifetime experience," said Cancellara to Cycling News. "It's not just a criterium race that finishes in the city – it's the Tour – so it's going to be a big day for sure," he said.
Where to watch live
Stage 16 is on July 18.
In India, the 21-day race will be LIVE on Ten 1 (7:30 p.m. IST), with the option of Live streaming on tensports.com.
Viewers in the US can catch it on NBC Sports Gold from 7:30 a.m. EST. Live streaming: NBC Sports.