Giro d'Italia
Stage 16: Ponte di Legno - Val Martello/Martelltal - Stage Details

The 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia had it all. Three infamous mountain passes. Snow. Poor visibility. Dangerous descents. Pre-race talk of cancellation. Mid-race confusion over neutralisation.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) soloed to victory atop Val Martello. The Colombian broke away from the maglia rosa with a small chase group on the descent of the Passo dello Stelvio. Quintana’s efforts allowed his group of five to overhaul the remaining riders out front from earlier attacks. Despite a valiant effort from Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) to remain in contention for the stage win, Quintana would cross the finish line alone, 8” ahead of Hesjedal and 1’13 ahead of Pierre Rolland (Europcar).

Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) ceded 4’11 to Quintana and slipped to second overall. Quintana moves to the top of the Giro general classification with a 1’41 advantage. Cadel Evans (BMC) currently rounds out the top three at 3’21.

The ORICA-GreenEDGE trio of Ivan Santaromita, Michael Hepburn and Svein Tuft bravely soldiered through the stage. Tuft was the first finisher for the Australian outfit in 111th place in a group that crossed the line nearly 40 minutes behind the stage winner.

"Aside from the 60-odd kilometres of climbing, we had snow and temps of one degree Celsius. It was a tough day for sure. Ivan touched down on a descent, and we had to do a couple clothing changes to stay warm, but we survived. We’ll have some opportunities tomorrow and Sunday – and maybe Santa can do something on Saturday." - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) - Movistar Team 4:42:35
2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) - Garmin Sharp 0:00:08
3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) - Team Europcar 0:01:13
4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:32
5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) - AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:37
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) - Astana Pro Team 0:03:40
7 Rafal Majka (Pol) - Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:08
8 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) - Team Sky 0:04:11
9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team 0:04:48
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
111 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:39:33
139 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:44:07
147 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST