Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, 132km from Bressanone/Brixen to Andalo, a medium mountain stage with two long climbs.
The group, 163 riders strong, passed km 0 at 13.47. Did not start: dossard nr 63, David De La Cruz.
Bressanone/Brixen: Light cloud. Wind: N 25-35km/h.19-20°C
Andalo (Arrivo): Cloudy. Wind: W 8-10km/h. 13-14°C
1 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
2 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 2’12”
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 2’51”
4 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3’29”
5 – Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at 4’38”
The stage is short, yet features long climbs and descents. Over the first 40km, the route runs initially downhill (although the road is deceptively flat) until past Bolzano (intermediate sprint). Here, after clearing the Mendel Pass climb, the road takes a long, undulating descent leading to the foot of the final ascent. The climb is in two parts, the first leading to Fai della Paganella (categorised climb), and the second running all the way up to the finish. 200m before the summit, in the urban area of Fai della Paganella, the climb gradient peaks as high as 15%.
The final 10km are clearly divided into two halves: first a fast-running descent (4km) on wide roads with sharp downhill gradients, then a mild climb (6km), growing steeper, up to 2km from the finish. Next comes a false-flat uphill drag. The finish line lies on an 80m long and 7m wide asphalt home stretch, running gently uphill.