Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia. No Passo Gavia because of the threat of an avalanche, but there was an uphill start, the Mortirolo (dedicated to Marco Pantani), and over 5,000m of climbing. This should have all the elements for a lively queen stage, particularly right after the rest day. Shouldn’t it? It should and it did! A very cold and wet KOM Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) was one of two men left from an early 21-strong break, and through chattering teeth and possible hypothermia, he gathered everything left to outsprint Astana’s Jan Hirt for an emotional stage win. We expected Vicenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) to attack and we weren’t disappointed as his offensive shook up the GC and allowed him to leap over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) but the Shark of Messina couldn’t dent his 1:47 deficit to maglia rosa wearer Richard Carapaz (Movistar).
We’re looking back at the second week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and the Twitterstream was bountiful! We have unsung heroes who make good, an Ecuadorian who is guarded by a furious turkey, and a furious Shark … plus so much more, of course. We’re TWEETS OF THE WEEK, Giro-style!
Stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia – the day after a heavy duty stage and the day before a rest day. What would it bring? Well, it brought mixed emotions in the peloton, who let the break duo of Dario Cataldo (Astana) and Mattia Cattaneo (Androni Giocattoli) have over 16min before they went for a hard chase over the climbs in the last third of the race. In the end, it was Cataldo who won the two-up sprint, with a Shark-fuelled maglia rosa quartet bearing down on him and Cattaneo. It was the first solo stage win for the Astana rider at the Giro – a fine reward for all his domestique duties through the years. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) extended his lead over Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and stays pretty in pink.