Stage sixteen was an 34,2km individual time trial running from Trento to Rovereto. The course was relatively flat, favouring the specialists. Ben King and Ryan Gibbons both put in strong rides for Team Dimension Data, finishing with times of 42:31 and 42:43. It was our young Australian, last out the block of us, who was our best placed rider finishing with a time of 41:58. He took 25th on the stage and thus maintain his position of 12th in the GC.
The stage was won by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) who set a time of 40:40. He finished ahead of Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) who finished in second and third place. Even though Simon Yates finished 22nd on the stage, his ride ensured that he will start tomorrow in the Maglia Rosa.
Ben O’Connor- Rider
“Today was run very well. I saw the course earlier on today in the rain and the preparation was spot on. I felt good, I had a really good sleep on the rest day so I was really controlled. During the stage, I knew what I could try. Once we got to the rolling parts of the course it was really about trying to ramp up. I was able to cross the finish line not completely blown, and I was really content with what I was able to do on course. In comparison to the GC men around me, that was really about what my day was for, the guys five spots below and the guys five spots above. I was able to be ahead of almost all of them, and I am pretty chuffed with today. It was a good day.”