Stage 16 started off pleasant enough. But soon the riders would make their way to the dreaded Mortirolo climb and its infamously steep slopes.
Astana’s Fabio Aru was still a hopeful for the GC win heading into Stage 16. But the young Italian couldn’t keep pace with pink jersey wearer Alberto Contador and looks set to fight for second place overall by the tour’s end.
Fabio Aru also suffered a mechanical problem towards the end of the stage and needed a bike swap.
Katusha’s Yury Trofimov has had a terrific Giro d’Italia thus far, but couldn’t keep up with the lead group up the Mortirolo climb.
Lotto-NL Jumbo’s Steven Kruijswijk put in a stellar performance on Stage 16, finishing second on the day and capturing the blue jersey as King of the Mountains for his troubles.
Movistar’s Benat Intxausti lost the blue King of the Mountains jersey on Stage 16.
Alberto Contador finished third on Stage 16, but put enough time into his GC rivals that he should hold onto the pink jersey through the finish. He currently sits just over 4 minutes ahead of Mikel Landa in the overall standings.
Astana’s Mikel Landa won his second consecutive Giro stage, taking the victory ahead of Alberto Contador. Lana now sits in second place overall and should be Astana’s new leader heading into the final stages.
Landa was all smiles as he crossed the finish line on Stage 16.
Get used to this… Alberto Contador is firmly in the driver’s seat to win this year’s Giro d’Italia.
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