Giro d’Italia 2016 Stages
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) grabbed the stage 16 victory in Andalo, edging out race leader Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL-Jumbo) for the win. Ilnur Zakarin (Katushsa Team) was third.
It was an amazing victory. We came to the start fully focused, knowing that it was going to be a really demanding stage for us. We had already inspected it back in March, the three of us – Chente, Andrey and myself. The team worked their hearts out to go for victory today and tear the peloton apart. We really dug deep for the victory, we put all means we had to claim it. The split wasn’t forming up into the first ascent, and the race leader and other rivals were insisting a lot. Happily, we were able to open that gap just before the end of the ascent, with Kruijswijk and without Chaves. We went ahead, pulling all the way to the foot of Fai della Paganella – I think we did a great job, all of us up there.
I don’t think it was a really bad day for Nibali. He was keeping up with us all the time during the break and had everything under control. It was just that I attacked into the final ascent, so I could keep the gap against Chaves and reduce the field ahead – those kilometers alone might have costed him a lot. Seeing Kruijswijk doing that well wasn’t a surprise to me, either when he took the leader’s jersey. He’s been already showing for years he can cope well with the Giro, he was arguably the strongest into the final week last season, and this year, he came here with all willingness to win the race. We three, Steven, Zakarin and Myself, insisted until the very end so we could keep that gap. That brought me the win.
I already stated during the rest day that my bad day on Saturday was just a consequence of riding in altitude for so long, so many kilometers above 1,700, 1,800 meters. We got through the day as good as we could and later on, we saw at the mountain TT that my physical condition was still near optimal. We just had to go for it today, breaking the peloton into pieces – and we succeeded. The team was phenomenal. I want to thank all of them -mechanics, carers, riders, sports directors- for their dedication. This is a tribute to them, also for my family, my kids and all the fans.
It’s true that Kruijswijk’s only weak point so far is his team. Even though we tried to isolate him today, he reacted fantastically well. However, the Giro is far from over. Many demanding stages are left, including Friday and Saturday. We must, however, enjoy today’s win, and also the podium, which makes the final result even better.”
– Alejandro Valverde, Movistar
Kruijswijk increased his overall lead in the race, now 3 minutes ahead of Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) and 3 minutes 23 seconds in front of Valverde.
I felt good and attacked on the last mountain along with Valverde. Nibali could no longer follow and Chaves was already in pursuit. I wanted to give the team a victory but sprinting against Valverde is difficult. I had no chance.
Obviously, I wanted to win time for the standings. I sat the whole day where I needed to, but I also had to work hard to get into the leading group. The situation in the race was prefect and the time gain is sweet. Over the next few days, the stages are flat but then you have to be very careful.”
– Steven Kruijswijk, Lotto NL-Jumbo
2016 Giro d’Italia Stage 16 Top Ten Results
1 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE ESP MOV 2:58:54
2 Steven KRUIJSWIJK NED TLJ +0
3 Ilnur ZAKARIN RUS KAT +:08
4 Diego ULISSI ITA LAM +:37
5 Bob JUNGELS LUX EQS +:37
6 David LOPEZ GARCIA ESP SKY +:38
7 Sergey FIRSANOV RUS GAZ +:38
8 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO COL OGE +:42
9 Rafal MAJKA POL TNK +:50
10 Domenico POZZOVIVO ITA ALM +1:47
2016 Giro d’Italia General Classification Top Ten after Stage 16
1 Steven KRUIJSWIJK Netherlands TLJ 63:40:10
2 Jhoan Esteban CHAVES RUBIO Colombia OGE +3:00
3 Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE Spain MOV +3:23
4 Vincenzo NIBALI Italy AST +4:43
5 Ilnur ZAKARIN Russia KAT +4:50
6 Rafal MAJKA Poland TNK +5:34
7 Bob JUNGELS Luxembourg EQS +7:57
8 Andrey AMADOR BIKKAZAKOVA Costa Rica MOV +8:53
9 Domenico POZZOVIVO Italy ALM +10:05
10 Kanstantsin SIUTSOU Belarus DDD +11:03
Stage 16: High mountain
Date: 24 May, 2016
Distance: 133 km
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 16 route
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 16 route map
Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 16 profile
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