Giro d’Italia 2016 Stage 16: Valverde outsprints Kruijswijk, who cements overall lead

The 16th stage is the shortest in the 2016 Giro d'Italia, yet it turn out to be one of the most interesting races. His opponents put pressure on Kruijswijk from the start, but he wards off attacks with ease. The Dutchman is outsprinted by Valverde, but all the other riders have to bow their heads to the mighty Dutchman. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 16th stage Giro d’Italia

1. Alejandro Valverde (spa)
2. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) s.t
3. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 0.08
4. Diego Ulissi (ita) + 0.37
5. Bob Jungels (lux) s.t.
6. David Lopez (spa) + 0.38
7. Sergey Firsanov (rus) s.t.
8. Esteban Chaves (col) + 0.42
9. Rafal Majka (pol) + 0.50
10. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 1.47

11. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) s.t.
14. Jakob Fuglsang (den) + 3.20
18. Kanstantsin Siutsou (blr) s.t.
19. Andrey Amador (crc) s.t.
25. Rigoberto Uran (col) + 5.28

GC after 16th stage
1. Steven Kruijswijk (nld)
2. Esteban Chaves (col) + 3.00
3. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 3.23
4. Vincenzo Nibali (ita) + 4.43
5. Ilnur Zakarin (rus) + 4.50
6. Rafal Majka (pol) + 5.34
7. Bob Jungels (lux) + 7.57
8. Andrey Amador (crc) + 8.53
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 10.05
10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (blr) + 11.03

Race report
One of the most active attackers this Giro, Daniel Oss, gets clear early in the race along with Clarke, Maestri and 10 other riders, but they ara caught with 20 kms done. Then Clarke and Maestri give it another go. Once again to no avail.

On the Mendola Ilnur Zakarin attacks and he is accompanied by Kangert and Lopez Garcia. Ulissi hooks up and Zakarin let’s go. Jungels and Firsanov joins the front of the race.

Valverde et al put pressure on Kruijswijk but he doesn’t blink. When Nibali attacks just under the top he joins him a moment before the drop, along with Valverde, Zakarin and Dombrowski. Chaves and Majka are dropped.

Dombrowski finds himself in the chasing group at the foot of the Fai della Paganella. They are 45 seconds down. Chaves opens the chase without delay, Pozzovivo and Majka on his wheel.

On the higher slopes Kruijswijk wards off attacks with ease. After another Valverde acceleration the Spaniard is at the front with Zakarin and the man in pink, while Nibali bows his head. Chaves, Pozzovivo and Majka join the toothless Shark, who is dropped at the steepest slopes under the top.

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