Alejandro Valverde wins stage 16 of Giro d'Italia, Steven Kruijswijk retains Maglia Rosa
The Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) has won Stage 16 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, 132km from Bressanone/Brixen to Andalo. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) finished second, with Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) third.
Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) remains the race leader overall and keeps the Maglia Rosa.
1 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) - 132km in 2h58'54", ave. 44.270km/h
2 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) s.t.
3 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 8"
Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek - Segafredo)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)
1 - Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)
2 - Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 3'00"
3 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3'23"
4 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 4'43"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 4'50"
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: "It's a good day for me as I move up in the overall ranking, although I wanted a stage win as a gift for the mechanics, soigneurs, directors, my family... all the people who have helped me overcome the day I had on Saturday because of the altitude. It was only one bad day though. I rode the time trial as well as I could have hoped. We wanted to break the race up today. It's a great feeling to win for the first time at the Giro".
The Maglia Rosa said: "Second yet again! I wanted to give my team a win but it's an ideal situation for the Maglia Rosa as I'm now three minutes ahead of Esteban Chaves and the others. I was feeling really good so I had to make the best of this short but really hard stage. I had to follow Nibali when he attacked early in the stage. I didn't expect so much action the day after the rest day".
Stage 17 – Molveno - Cassano d'Adda – 196km
The first half of the stage is wavy, while the second half is perfectly flat. The route rolls along moderate undulations all the way up to km 120 (Brescia), where the road eventually levels out. There are a few tunnels in the first part. In the flat sector, the roads are relatively wide and straight, with just a few more curvy stretches. Roundabouts, speed bumps and traffic dividers are the main obstacles typically found in urban areas.
The final 5km are perfectly flat, with two mild bends and one (last) turn 600m before the finish, on 7m wide asphalt road. Roundabouts, speed bumps and traffic islands are the main obstacles, throughout the stage course.
PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA - PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO
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