Jan Janssen (Holland), captured the overall leadership after the 16th stage yesterday (Thursday) in the Tour de France cycle race.
Riders along mountain road; riders climbing; Jimenez winning lap.
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Background: Jan Janssen (Holland), captured the overall leadership after the 16th stage yesterday (Thursday) in the Tour de France cycle race. The day's stage - a mountainous route from Bourg d'Oisans to Briancon - was won by Julio Jimenez (Spain), aiming for the Tour's "king of the mountains" prize and not a serious contender for overall victory.
Janssen, 26-year-old former world road race champion, took the lead from Karl-Heinz Kunde (West Germany), who had been in front for the previous four days. The 22-stage race, totalling 4,260 kilometres (2,650 miles) ends on 14 July.
Though Janssen became the new wearer of the yellow jersey, signifying overall leadership, he lost time on his two most dangerous rivals Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Raymond Poulidor. The stage included a 45-kilometre (30 mile) haul to the summit of the 2,556-meter (8,400 foot) Col du Galibier. Jimenez pedalled furiously to reach the top of the mountain alone and held off all his rivals on the run down to the finish at Briancon.
Placed second in the day's stage was Anquetil. Placed third and fourth respectively were Poulidor and Joseph Huysmans (Belgium).