GAP, France (AP) -- The Latest from Stage 16 of the Tour de France (all times local):
Stage 16 of the Tour de France has begun with the foothills of the Alps tailor-made for punchy, lower-placed riders to take a win before the podium contenders do battle in the big mountains.
The 201-kilometer (125-mile) ride on Monday from Bourg de Peage on the banks of the Isere river has two moderate mountain climbs that should still be tough enough to rule out heavier sprinters for the stage win in Gap.
Race leader Chris Froome and the other riders are again facing brutal, draining heat into the 30s Celsius (90s Fahrenheit).
They get their second rest day Tuesday before four days of climbing in the Alps. Those mountains will be the last opportunity for Froome's rivals to eat into the 2013 champion's comfortable lead before he targets a second Tour title in Paris on Sunday.