Moss Vale cyclist Caleb Ewan has over come 40 degree heat to claim his second victory at the Tour de France.
Ewan who is competing in his first Tour de France is now the only sprint specialist with two wins this year.
The former Moss Vale resident has already prevailed on the 11th stage in Toulouse.
The Lotto Soudal rider beat Italian Elia Viviani and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen, who took second and third place respectively, at the end of a 177-kilometre ride around Nimes as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius.
Ewan said via Twitter that "This is probably the most special moment of my career so far,"
"My daughters due date was today but instead she was here to see me win a Tour de France stage," He said.
"It wasn't all bad that she was six weeks early."
The race was marred with crashes with defending champion Geraint Thomas taking a spill. Thomas escaped injury to trail overall leader Julian Alaphilippe by 1:35.
Dane Jakob Fuglsang, who started the day ninth overall, crashed 28.5 kilometres from the finish and abandoned the race.
One of the pre-race favourites after winning the Criterium du Dauphine last month, Fuglsang crashed out of the race for the second time in the past three editions.
Tuesday's stage was Ewan's last chance to shine before Sunday's final stage in Paris. The race will now head to the Alps.
Wednesday's 17th stage is a hilly 200-kilometre ride from the Pont du Gard to Gap before the overall contenders battle it out for the title from Thursday to Saturday.