The Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) has won Stage 16 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, 132km from Bressanone/Brixen to Andalo. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) finished second, with Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) third.
Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) remains the race leader overall and keeps the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) – 132km in 2h58’54”, ave. 44.270km/h
2 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.
3 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) at 8″
Seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner said: “It’s a good day for me as I move up in the overall ranking, although I wanted a stage win as a gift for the mechanics, soigneurs, directors, my family… all the people who have helped me overcome the day I had on Saturday because of the altitude. It was only one bad day though. I rode the time trial as well as I could have hoped. We wanted to break the race up today. It’s a great feeling to win for the first time at the Giro”.
The Maglia Rosa said: “Second yet again! I wanted to give my team a win but it’s an ideal situation for the Maglia Rosa as I’m now three minutes ahead of Esteban Chaves and the others. I was feeling really good so I had to make the best of this short but really hard stage. I had to follow Nibali when he attacked early in the stage. I didn’t expect so much action the day after the rest day”.