It was another dramatic day on the road for the 16th and queen stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia.
Having already placed second on stage four, Simon Clarke made the tough bridge across to an early ten-man break in the hope the elastic would snap from the peloton.
It was not to be as a rumble unfolded in the mountains to see Mikel Landa (Astana Pro Team) win his second consecutive stage and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff – Saxo) demonstrate his dominance on general classification despite having to recover from an untimely mechanical.
Colombian Esteban Chaves was first to cross the line for ORICA-GreenEDGE, finishing with the first big group 22minutes down on the winning time of Landa.
“We wanted to put guys in the breakaway in these mountain stages and again the boys have done a good job of getting in there,” sport director Matt White said.
|1||Mikel Landa Meana (SPA) - Astana Pro Team||5:02:51|
|2||Steven Kruijswijk (NED) - Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:00:38|
|3||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo||0:00:38|
|4||Yury Trofimov (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:02:03|
|5||Andrey Amador (CRC) - Movistar Team||0:02:03|
|6||Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team||0:02:10|
|7||Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team||0:02:51|
|8||Damiano Caruso (ITA) - BMC Racing Team||0:03:16|
|9||Leopold Konig (CZE) - Team Sky||0:03:19|
|10||Carlos Betancur (COL) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:03:19|
|34||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:22:08|
|99||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:31:37|
|102||Pieter Weening (NED) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:31:37|
|114||Luke Durbridge (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:37:54|
|115||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:37:54|
|120||Michael Hepburn (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:37:54|
|130||Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:38:16|