Giro d’Italia Stage 15: Uphill ITT Battle22. May 2016, Alpe di Siusi (ITA) — Road Team
The third and final individual time trial of the Giro d’Italia was every bit as tough as expected with the short but steep course shaking up the General Classification.
The 10 kilometer course included steep gradients up to 10% and barely a meter of flat ground.
After a phenomenal effort of the Queen Stage on Stage 14, Darwin Atapuma was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in 53rd place.
Atapuma now sits in 15th on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
“I’m quite disappointed as I lost time today on the other General Classification riders. There was a lot of pain that’s for sure. After yesterday’s stage my legs felt pretty heavy. I’m glad that tomorrow is a rest day so I can recover well and rest my legs before the last week of racing. Then it’s back to going full gas on Tuesday.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“Given it was a complete uphill time trial and only good for the pure sprinters, it was a good day just to get to the finish for most of the guys. Darwin was sitting in 14th on GC at the start of the day so the plan was to really go for it and try and move up on GC. You could see that he was struggling to get a good pace and the effort of yesterday was still in his legs. Other than that, it went as expected for the other guys. After the rest day we move into the last week of racing, so it’s our last opportunity to go for a stage win and keep racing aggressively.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 15 Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi (10.8km)
Top 3: Alexander Foliforov (GAZ), Steven Kruijswijk (TLJ), Alejandro Valverde (MOV)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 53. Darwin Atapuma, 62. Alessandro De Marchi 68. Joey Rosskopf
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See photos from the race.