Jon Izaguirre (EUS) has finally had his aggresiveness in the Giro d’Italia pay off with a solo win from the breakaway on the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia. Izaguirre, who had only one professional win to his name, now has one for his lifetime as a stage win in a Grand Tour is a feat that few professional riders can claim.
After returning from our bike camping trip to Gabriola, the news that Ruder Hesjedal had taken back the pink jersey was a pleasant surprise. Then, with Joaquim Rodriguez taking it back on stage 15, it appears that we’ll have a nice duel on our hands for the final week. The biggest surprise, however, seems to be that Frank Schleck dropped out of the race when Johann Bruyneel seems to think he could continue! Actually, who am I kidding… surprises? There was a coffee shop in the town centre that I ducked into to see how Ryder did on the first big mountain stages.
Today’s stage, like so many after a rest day, was a laid-back affair with a large breakaway building up a lead that surpassed 12 minutes at one point. The main GC competitors took the day off and no one even made an attempt at an attack on the final slopes of the day. No changes in the overall classification.
Tomorrow, we’re back into the high mountains, and the battle will certainly be furious with 186km of riding over 4 mountain passes. Descending is going to be key as some of the riders who aren’t so great at the discipline could get caught out, especially sonce the line is only 2km after the steep and winding descent of the Giau. I wouldn’t expect too much change on the GC however, as most guys will stay together over the Passo Giau, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one or two lost some heavy time on a stage like this. The Giau is a great stage for Basso going up, but a terrible one coming down, we’ll see where he ends up. Fortunately for Ryder, his mountain biking past makes for some serious skills going downhill… if he’s cheeky and feeling strong, he may even look to take bonus time at the line.
Stage 16 Top Five
1. Jon Izaguirre Intxausti (EUS)___4h02’00
2. Alessandro de Marchi (AND)______+16″
3. Stef Clement (RAB)
4. Mathias Frank (BMC)_____________+19″
5. Jose Herrade Lopez (MOV)
Complete Stage 16 results: Gazzetta Official
General Classification after 16 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____69h22’04”
2. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_____+30″
3. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+1’22”
4. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_______+1’26”
5. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_____+1’27”
6. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+1’36”
7. Benat Intxausti (MOV)_______+1’42”
8. Sergio Luis Haeno (SKY)____+1’55”
9. Dario Caltaldo (OPQ)_______+2’12”
10. Sandy Casar (FDJ)_________+2’13”
11. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+2’56”
12. Thomas De Gendt (VAC)_____+3’16”
13. Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)__+3’17”
14. Johann Tschopp (BMC)______+3’24”
15. John Gadret (ALM)__________+3’24”
16. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+3’33”
17. Damiano Cunego (LAM)_____+3’45”
18. Mikel Nieve (EUS)__________+4’20”
Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official