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2019 Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Recap: Ciccone wins, Roglic and Yates lose more time

Despite the Passo Gavia climb being removed from Stage 16 due to avalanche risk, today’s stage at the 2019 Giro d’Italia still saw plenty of action. It was a miserable, rainy day of racing in northern Italy, but Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) rose to the challenge and took the stage win from the breakaway ahead of Jan Hirt (Astana).

Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic, however, had another poor day. After the potty break/mechanical fiasco on Stage 15, today he cracked on the Mortirolo climb, ultimately dropping from second to third overall.

“I’ve been waiting for this second stage win for two years now. So I yelled with joy on the finishing line because it’s been a complicated day with lots of rain and cold,” Ciccone said.

The stage not only leaves Richard Carapaz (Movistar) in the lead at the Giro, but he now enjoys a much larger advantage. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) now sits second, 1:47 down, with Roglic in third at 2:09 back.

Hirt and Ciccone were members of a large breakaway that got clear early in the soggy stage. The GC contenders were happy to let the break go over the early climbs, but both the breakaway and the GC leaders got a big shake up on the Mortirolo.

A small handful of riders in the breakaway group held on through the tough ascent, and then Hirt and Ciccone launched the attacks that dropped all the remaining survivors of the break. From there it was just them.

In the main group, Movistar and Bahrain-Merida upped the pace on the climb and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and others began to struggle. Even Nibali appeared to be in trouble. Despite Movistar’s attempt to chase, Roglic could not hold the pace. Mikel Landa and Carapaz joined Nibali and a few others in a small chase group as Roglic linked up with Yates and other stragglers further down the road.

The select Nibali group maintained its gap on the descent, while Ciccone and Hirt started their uphill grind to Ponte di Legno together. At the finish Ciccone topped Hirt in the final sprint.

Nibali, Carapaz, and Landa snatched a 1:22 from Roglic and Yates which allowed Nibali to leapfrog Roglic into second in the GC battle.


Mortirolo Summit

Final 3 Kilometers

2019 Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Results and GC Standings

Stage 16

1CICCONE GiulioTrek – Segafredo5:36:24
2HIRT JanAstana Pro Team,,
3MASNADA FaustoAndroni Giocattoli – Sidermec1:20
4NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida1:41
5CARTHY HughEF Education First,,
6CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team,,
7LANDA MikelMovistar Team,,
8DOMBROWSKI JoeEF Education First,,
9CARUSO DamianoBahrain Merida1:49
10CATTANEO MattiaAndroni Giocattoli – Sidermec2:03

General classification

1CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team70:02:05
2NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida1:47
3ROGLIČ PrimožTeam Jumbo-Visma2:09
4LANDA MikelMovistar Team3:15
5MOLLEMA BaukeTrek – Segafredo5:00
6MAJKA RafaÅ‚BORA – hansgrohe5:40
7LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team6:17
8YATES SimonMitchelton-Scott6:46
9SIVAKOV PavelTeam INEOS7:51
10POLANC JanUAE-Team Emirates8:06
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