Stage 16: Ponte di Legno to Val Martello, 139km
Nairo Quintana conquered the Giro’s queen stage, defeating a punishing parcours, appalling weather and the entire GC field to displace compatriot Rigoberto Uran as the maglia rosa with a ride that will go down in cycling folklore.
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This stage is so unbelievably difficult that we decided to let it stand alone in the previews. With Rigoberto Uran keeping a grip on the maglia rosa, if riders like Nairo Quintana and Domenico Pozzovivo don’t use this stage to try to make up minutes, not seconds, and break the leader, they might just kiss their chances goodbye. Cadel Evans needs to stay with the main group and just grind out these climbs and third-placed Rafa Majka needs to be there too. A stage not to be missed! Continue reading →