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Giro d'Italia - 28 May 2019

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16:30

Roglic now more than two minutes down in the general classification.

16:25

Confirmation of the top 10 of today's stage 16.

 

Replays show that Ciccone threw his sunglasses into the crowd while celebrating that win... a nice memento for one fan, for sure.

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Bora duo Majka and Formolo cross the line with Zakarin 4'45" down. Bad day for them, and they'll drop down the standings a little.

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Pavel Sivakov comes home 3'43" down and so he will lose the white jersey to Lopez, who lost contact before the finish and came home 10 seconds down on the Nibali group.

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Mollema leads Yates, Nieve and Roglic over the line 3'03" down. So that's 1'23" down on Nibali, Carapaz et al.

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Vincenzo Nibali leads the chasers home 1'40" down for fourth place ahead of Carthy, whom he berates for not helping out more during the lead in.

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Third place for Fausto Masnada, who'd been forgotten about. He crosses the line 1'20" down.

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The Italian is ecstatic as he crosses the line with some kind of elaborate celebration involving, I think, him ripping off an imaginary rain cape... What a day for Ciccone, who pretty much guaranteed the maglia azzurra too.

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Ciccone leads it out and he has too much for Jan Hirt! Victory for Giulio Ciccone of Trek Segafredo!

0.5km 

Ciccone moves to the front of the duo with 500m to go. He takes out his earpiece...

1km

Entering the final kilometre now for our two leaders, who pass under the flamme rouge. It's anyone's game now...

1.5km 

Nibali and Caruso driving the pace now. Whoever finishes third will pick up some bonus seconds so expect the Shark to target those to edge closer to Carapaz.

2km 

The gap is now 1'30" back to the Roglic group so he will drop to third place today.

3km 

Even the pink jersey of Carapaz is taking pulls in this group of main favourites because he stands to put more time in between him and Roglic, who could well drop to third place behind Nibali today.

4km 

The gap is coming down for out two leaders but they won't be caught. It will either be a maiden Grand Tour stage win for Hirt or a second Giro scalp for Ciccone. The watts of the chase group has seen the Roglic group drop a bit further off the pace. Yates has Nieve now with him in that group with Mollema and the Slovenian.

5.5km

Carthy, Dombrowski and Cattaneo are also in this chasing group with Carapaz, Landa, Lopez, Nibali and Caruso. They're 3'10" down on the two leaders with Roglic-Yates-Mollema now only one minute behind.

6.5km 

Ciccone, however, looks to be really suffering in this rain. He didn't take the jacket on the summit and while he has a sleeveless gilet, he does appear to be shivering a little ahead of the finale.

7km 

Hirt, 28, has just two pro wins to his name - stage 4 of the 2016 Tour of Austria and the GC. Ciccone, 24, won a stage at the Giro at Sestola in 2016 and has three other pro wins.

8km 

Lopez and Bilbao have now been caught by the maglia rosa group. They trail the leaders by 3'42" so the win will go to either Ciccone or Hirt.

10km

We're getting pictures from the Roglic-Yates-Mollema group for the first time. They're battling to limit their losses. But it's going to be tough because the Nibali-Carapaz group have just picked up Damiano Caruso, who is burying himself for the Shark.

12km 

Ciccone puts in a big attack but Hirt closes it down before sitting back on. Behind, Lopez and Bilbao have caught one of the Androni riders from the break - probably Masnada. No, it's Cattaneo, so perhaps Masnada is still out ahead.

12.5km 

Even the Trek team car is having a pop at Jan Hirt now, berating the Astana rider for not riding. But he has no choice - he must be under team orders...

13km 

Still only 20 seconds for Lopez and Bilbao over Carapaz and the other chasers. Meanwhile, Ciccone and Hirt are on the final climb to the finish. It's not categorised but goes steadily uphill all the way to the line.

14km

Ciccone is really pushing it. His companion from Astana has been on the radio - presumably to check what the state of play is behind with teammate Lopez - but his dawdling is frustrating Ciccone, who has made some typically Italian gesticulations.

 
18km

Ciccone and Hirt have 4'00" over Bilbao and Lopez with the maglia rosa group at 4'15" and Roglic-Yates at 5'30". Damiano Caruso must be somewhere for Nibali. We have no idea where the likes of Majka, Formolo and Sivakov...

 
23km 

This descent is crazy scary slippery bonkers. The corners are narrow and covered with fast-flowing water, there are puddles everywhere, it's windy and misty, plus the road often goes under trees where everything goes almost pitch black.

24km 

Roglic is with Yates, Hamilton, Pozzovivo and Zakarin in a chase group about 1'50" back.

25km 

Lopez and Bilbao take up a rain jacket and go over the top with about 15 seconds on Nibali, Carthy, Carapaz, Amador and Landa.

26km 

Lopez has edged clear of the break with one of his Astana teammates from the break - Bilbao, I think.

27km

Carthy is back with the maglia rosa group and they have just caught up with Amador, so Movistar have three riders here with Carapaz and Landa. We're hearing Roglic is 1'30" back now.

28km

Ciccone and Hirt are approaching the summit and it's the man in blue who strengthens his already vice-like grip on the maglia azzurra with another 40pts over the summit - as well as a new jacket, which he grapples with then discards, opting for some newspaper instead. Old school.

29km 

Carthy has now been dropped by the big guns who sweep past Ulissi from the break.

 

Quite pleased with this tweet...

29.3km 

Carapaz and Landa are there now so we have a select quintet with Nibali, Lopez and Carthy. They all look set to make some big gains over the likes of Roglic and Yates today.

29.5km

Nibali still has Carthy clinging on for dear life but he's making no headway on the Movistar chasers, who are closing in with Lopez still just about hanging on. Scrap that, Lopez has dropped Carapaz and Landa - and now he's ridden past Nibali!

30km

Hirt is back with leaders Caruso and Ciccone. It's now got wet and misty.

30.5km

Our two leaders are still Ciccone and Caruso. They have 4'45" on Nibali with Landa and Carapaz 15 seconds back and Roglic another 40 seconds back.

31km 

Further back, Yates leads the chase in a small group that also includes Pozzivivo. But Roglic is further back. And Lopez is now losing contact with Landa and Carapaz...

31.5km 

Lopez now has Villella from the break. Landa and Carapaz have dropped Pedrero and this chasing group has caught and passed the younger Nibali.

32km 

Nibali has reached his brother, Antonio. So they're together with Carthy. But the gap on the chasing maglia rosa group is small...

32.5km

Roglic has been well and truly dropped! Yates, too, has been dropped again. Lopez has reached Landa, Carapaz and another Movistar rider - is it Pedrero? Or perhaps Amador from up the road.

33km 

Hugh Carthy has attacked the maglia rosa group and joins Nibali out ahead.

33.5km 

Yates and Lopez are riding back to the main group of favourites. But now Roglic appears to be struggling!

33.8km

Classy gesture there from struggling escapee Fran Ventoso, who gives Nibali a water bottle as he passes.

34.2km

Nibali attacks! The Shark bites and there's no answer from his rivals - for now. Carapaz and Landa watch as he rides clear, while Roglic does nothing.

 

It's not only Lopez who's struggling: Simon Yates is also there off the back.

34.5km 

Roglic is now isolated after losing Sep Kuss. He has Bouwman up the road, though. But it's trouble now for Lopez, who seems to be dropping back from the main favourites - despite having those three riders up the road.

 

The tough thing about this climb is that there's nowhere to hide: the gradient is so consistent and rarely do you get any breathing space on the Mortirolo.

35km 

Change of the guard in the main pack after Carretero reels off for Movistar, his job done. Pozzovivo then comes to the front with Nibali and so it's Bahrain now dictating play.

35.3km 

Nieve has now been dropped as Caruso and Ciccone reel in Hirt. It's enclosed and claustrophobic on these narrow roads surrounded by trees.

35.8km

Another dig from Hirt! The Czech climber opens up a small gap on the narrow road as Ciccone leads the chase with Caruso and Nieve. Three of these four riders are essentially primarily there for their GC men behind (Lopez, Nibali and Yates) and so, on paper, Trek's Ciccone holds all the aces. Unless he's going to be used by Mollema?

36km 

Movistar now drowing out the front of the pack with Pedrero, Carretero, Carapaz and Landa. With the leaders both Dombrowski and Masnada have been distanced as Hirt ups the tempo.

37km 

Agnoli has blown so Nibali is a bit isolated, although Pozzovivo is still in the main pack and Caruso is up the road. In fact, it's Caruso who is in a leading sextet now alongside fellow escapees Ciccone, Masnada, Nieve, Hirt and Dombroski. It looks like Amador has already dropped back to lend a hand to the Movistar machine.

37.5km 

Bahrain and Movistar straight to the front. Nibali is there with Agnoli while Carapaz has Landa and Carretero, perhaps Pedrero too. The pack has already blown apart.

38km 

Nate Brown (working for Joe Dombrowski) and Ciccone are setting the tempo on the front of the break as the road narrows and the corners start to stack up. Back with the pack, the peloton are on the cobbles now and it's Groupama (oddly) and Astana who front the pack. The gap is 5'35".

39km 

Straight away the Mortirolo takes its first victims as Koen Bouwman is dropped from the break. He's there for Primoz Roglic so he'll hope to lend a hand to his leader once he comes - but that's early for the Dutchman to crack.

40km

The break sweep off the road onto the cobbled street at Mazzo di Valtellina - and here we are on the Cat.1 Passo del Mortirolo (11.9km at 10.9%).

40.5km

Fausto Masnada wins the intermediate sprint for Androni ahead of Joe Dombrowski. Next up, the Mortirolo.

43km 

The break is back together and riding through a dense cloud of pollen. Lucky Wiggo is in the Eurosport studio and not out there in the break today, eh?

45km 

Nieve and Juul Jensen are on the front of the break and driving the pace, momentarily spliting things in two as they approach the intermediate sprint. Rain, meanwhile, is forecast for the Mortirolo...

48km 

The descent complete, the break is now on the small hill that precedes the Mortirolo, which they will tackle today from what is considered to be the harder side. Ventoso still has a small gap over the other escapees, who lead the pack by 5'17".

53km

CRASH: Antonio Pedrero goes down on a tight bend near the front of the pack - just behind his Movistar teammate and man in pink, Carapaz. It's nothing serious but that could have been worse had they been in a different position.

58km 

Fran Ventoso has edged ahead of the break on the descent, the Spanish veteran taking these sweeping corners rather gingerly and almost riding into the wall on one of them. Back with the pack Movistar are down to five riders on the front. Jasha Sutterlin, who was doing tempo for a long time earlier in the stage, was dropped on that last climb.

60km 

The riders in the peloton are now jostling for position ahead of the descent from Aprica.

67km

Once again it's Ciccone who takes the maximum 9pts going over the summit in Aprica with Androni duo Cattaneo and Masnada cresting just behind. Ventoso took the final point on offer when the others came through.

69km 

The peloton are over half way up this climb now and there's no change in the state of play with Movistar on the front of the pack and the leaders holding a gap of 5'15". It looks like this one will come down to the Mortirolo - both the climb and descent - and that final rose into Ponte di Legno.

 

Do you agree?

 

Joe Dombrowski is in the break - could he finally get his stage win today?

75km

We're hearing that Frenchman Tony Gallopin (Ag2R-La Mondiale) has withdrawn. He'd been involved in a couple of breaks but Gallopin - who was 56 minutes down in 37th place - wasn't riding his best Grand Tour.

78km

Our 21 escapees have hit the Cat.3 climb of Aprica, for which the official race site have not provided any information vis-a-via length and gradient. Onscreen graphics says that the KOM point is in another 10.5km - and it looks pretty steep right now - so let’s say that this one will be a bit of a pre-Mortirolo leg-sapper. The pack is 4’45” down.

80km

The break ride through the feed zone with their gap up to 5’15”.

85km

Masnada finishes ahead of teammate Cattaneo at the intermediate sprint at Edolo. More money for the Androni Giacattoli kitty.

96km 

Carapaz and Landa’s Movistar still front the peloton on this descent ahead of the yellow army of Primoz Roglic and the red Bahrain Merida troupe of Nibali. The break have reached the bottom with a gap of 4’25”. They’ll steadily rise now until the intermediate sprint, after which we will have the second part of this additional Gavia replacement scheme.

104km

A few more raindrops now as the riders approach the summit and pick up bidons from the roadside soigneurs. When the summit comes it’s Ciccone who takes the maximum 8pts over the top ahead of Androni duo Cattaneo and Masnada.

106km 

Caruso, Schwarzmann and Bidard setting the tempo on the front of the break on this climb. The gap is fairly stable at 4’42”. Meanwhile, a gruppetto has formed including the maglia ciclamino Arnaud Demare, who will have a battle to make the time cut over the Mortirolo.

 
109km 

Caruso and Owsain drive the break through a forest on this delightful climb. I’m surprised it’s never been used before, but then again, when you stand right next to the Gavia and Mortirolo, I guess it’s easy to get overlooked.

115km

The leaders are onto the first categorised climb of the day, the newly added Cat.3 Cevo climb (10.6km at 5.9%). This is the first time it has been used in the Giro. The road surface is pretty coarse and the gradient peaks at 13% in the first third. This climb and the next are being used instead of the Gavia, which has been ruled out owing to snow blocking the top.

 

Other riders in the break who excite me: Pello Bilbao nabbed a win in the opening week and he’s here again paving the way for a Superman attack alongside two other Astana riders. Damiano Caruso has been a monster for Vincenzo Nibali these past few days in the Alps. If the Shark takes a third Giro win, Caruso will play a key role between now and Verona.

 

The riders who excite me in the break: Androni’s Italian duo Cattaneo and Masnada. The former finished second in Como behind Dario Cataldo and the latter scooped a win in the opening week. That man Ciccone also raises the pulse: he’s been very offensive in the pursuit of maglia azzurra points and is due a win.

120km 

The pace is up to 49km/h along the false flat as Movistar drive the pace of the peloton with seven riders on the front, including the pink jersey Carapaz. Their eight rider, Andrey Amador, is one of the 21 riders in the break, whose gap is up to 4’20”.

125km 

The gap’s up to four minutes now for these 21 riders. We’ve been experiencing some internet issues in the Eurosport HQ and so I have been writing these updates into a document before posting. That will explain why they’re now coming thick and fast via the old copy-and-paste lark.

130km 

The pack has bunched back up after that descent with Movistar and Jumbo-Visma on the front. The gap is still around the 3’20” mark.

135km 

The gap is up to 3’25” on the descent of the Croce di Salven to Malegno, after which the riders will tackle a false flat ahead of the first of two new climbs added to the route at the expense of the snow-capped Gavia. The aerial snaps are pretty impressive right now as the peloton snakes its way down the mountain via a succession of sweeping hairpin bends.

142km 

Jasha Sütterlin (Movistar) is tapping out tempo on the front of the pack for his leaders Carapaz and Mikel Landa. The German isn’t wearing any arm warmers while most others still have rain coats on.

 

Test

150km

The leaders are onto the next uncategorised climb, the Croce di Salven (9.1km at 3.9%). Their advantage is down to 2'30".

11:45

Reminder of the full list of these 21 escapees: Joe Dombrowski and Nate Brown (both EF Education First), Mikel Nieve and Christopher Juul Jensen (both Mitchelton-Scott), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Fausto Masnada and Mattia Cattaneo (both Androni Giocattoli), Damiano Caruso and Antonio Nibali (both Bahrin-Merida), Jan Hirt, Pello Bilbao and Davide Villella (all Astana), Andre Amador (Movistar), Francois Bidard (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates), Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma), Lukasz Owsian and Francisco Ventoso (both CCC Team), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

 

The final jersey to catch up on is, of course, the most important: Richard Carapaz leads the overall standings and is pretty in pink with a 47 second gap over Primoz Roglic and a further minute on Vincenzo Nibali.

 

Arnaud Demare (Griupama-FDJ) leads the maglia ciclamino duel by 13 points over Pascal Ackermann - and it looks like he's given up on the purple shorts now, wisely.

 

Russia's Pavel Sivakov of Team Ineos leads the white jersey youth classification by seven slender seconds on Miguel Angel Lopez, who is clearly planning something what with those three teammates in the break today...

 

That man Ciccone in his blue jersey...

166km 

The break has crested the summit of the Passo delle Presolana, which for some reason isn't even a Cat.4 climb despite being higher than the next two Cat.3 climbs. The gap is still just under the three-minute mark.

 

A big day for the blue jersey battle today with 58 KOM points up for grabs. That means Ciccone is guaranteed to keep the maglia azzurra provided he finishes the stage - and he's in the break so will look to extend his already huge 95-point lead over Carapaz.

170km

Approaching the summit and the gap is up to 2'50" for the 21 leaders. Good to see Joe Dombrowski in the break: the American from EF Education First crashed heavily on the banks of Lake Como on Sunday but is the best placed rider in the move at 14'52" down on Carapaz on GC.

 

Bora-Hansgrohe have Schwarzmann up there for their GC men Majka and Formolo, but Team Ineos have missed the split, as have Katusha-Alpecin. Trek-Segafredo have their maglia azzurra Giulio Ciccone there while Androni have their uphill duo of Cattaneo and Masnada.

 

Well, well... some of the teams are really setting out their store. Astana have three riders there for Miguel Angel Lopez in Hirt, Bilbao and Villella; Movistar have Amador, Mitchelton-Scott have Nieve and Juul-Jensen, Bahrain Merida have both Caruso and Vincenzo Nibali's brother. Even Primoz Roglic's Jumbo-Visma team have a rider there in Koen Bouwman.

175km

Here's the list of riders in the break: Dombrowski, Nieve, Ciccone, Masnada, Cattaneo, Caruso, Hirt, Amador, Bilbao, Bidard, Ulissi, Hindley, Bouwman, Villella, Owsian, Juul Jensen, A. Nibali, Ventoso, Brown, Schwarzmann and Honoré. The gap is up to two minutes.

185km

The initial five riders who sparked this move were Chris Juul-Jensen (Mitchelton-Scott), Davide Villella (Astana), Michael Schwarzmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mikkel Honoré (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jai Hindley (Team Sunweb). It looks like Movistar have sent Andrey Amador up the road as well. Bob Jungels, Gianluca Brambilla and Antwan Tolhoek tried to get into the move but failed to bridge over. The gap is small and the pace high so no guarantees this move will stick.

187km 

More riders join the leaders as the road continues to head uphill on this uncategorised climb that kicks things off today, the Passo della Presolana.

192km

Five riders zip clear shortly after the start. They're followed by a couple of big names in Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Merida) and Pello Bilbao (Astana).

194km

They're off! The remaining 147 riders get this key stage under way. One non-starter to report: Brent Bookwalter of Mitchelton-Scott.

 

The riders are currently pedalling through the neutral zone ahead of today's start.

10:35

It's a wet morning at Lovere on the banks of the Lago d'Iseo.

 

Here's the state of play in the battle for pink with that man Richard Carapaz sitting pretty on the top of the pile.

10:25

First up is today's fascinating stage 16. It was billed at the queen stage when it included the Passo di Gavia ahead of the Mortirolo, but heavy snow on the summit of that famous climb means it's been taken off the route and replaced with two smaller climbs - the Cevo (being used for the first time) and the Aprica. The upshot is that it may be even more explosive - so buckle yourself in for an exciting one.

Giro d'Italia 2019, stage 16 profile
10:20

Ciao ragazzi! Welcome to live coverage of stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia. We've had the second rest day and now it's business time: three summit finish remain in this race clustered around one day offering some scraps to the sprinters, then there's the small matter of the final time trial in Verona, which could be key.