Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) won the 222km Rovetta-Bormio, 16th stage – the Queen Stage – of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished second and third.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) remains the race General Classification leader wearing the Maglia Rosa, despite suffering from physical problems during the stage.
Luis León Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) was first on top of the Mortirolo – the race’s Scarponi Climb – while Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) was first to pass the Stelvio’s Cima Coppi, the highest point of the Giro 100.
Today’s stage winner Vincenzo Nibali said: “I’m really happy to have won the beautiful stage, a very spectacular one, a very difficult one with the highest peaks up the Stelvio; stage that includes the Mortirolo and the Stelvio twice will be remembered for sure. However, I’m not able to tell which one of my victories is the nicest. My only disappointment is to not have been able to raise my hands up in the air. My first attack up the Stelvio wasn’t a very strong one but the second one was. The few words exchanged with Nairo was to cooperate together. We’ll fight till the end in Milan. It’s not easy. This week is very hard and there is the terrain suitable for attacks, especially for Nairo Quintana who wants to reduce the gap on Tom Dumoulin.”
The Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin said: “I saved the jersey but if you consider that I chased alone for the last 35km and I only lost two minutes, my legs were very good. I had the legs to follow Quintana and Nibali today. That’s why I’m very disappointed to have lost time today because of a problem I had. When it happened, the race was on, it was full gas and Steven Kruijswijk was at the front. It was a different situation to Quintana’s crash on Sunday. I couldn’t expect my rivals to let Kruijswijk at the front. It’s definitely not finished but I have to overcome my anger to look further into the Giro. I’m angry with myself.”
- Seventh stage victory at the Giro d’Italia for Vincenzo Nibali, equalling these other notable overall winners: Felice Gimondi, Gilberto Simoni, Ivan Basso and Giovanni Valetti. Nibali was also the last Italian to win a stage at the Giro: Stage 19 to Risoul, last year
- Riders from ten different nations have won stages at this year’s Giro: Austria, Germany, Colombia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, Luxemburg and Italy. 2010 is the only year that has seen one more
- It’s the second time Mikel Landa has claimed the Cima Coppi (the highest peak of the Giro) after the Colle delle Finestre in 2015. Last year that accolade went to Michele Scarponi at Colle dell’Agnello
1 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) – 222km in 6h24’22”, average speed 34.654km/h
2 – Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) s.t.
3 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) a 12″
4 – Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) a 24″
5 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) a 34″
1 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 – Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 31″
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain – Merida) at 1’12”
4 – Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 2’38”
5 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 2’40”
- Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
- Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
- Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky)
- Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)