Giro d’Italia Stage 16: Short and Fast Day in the Mountains24. May 2016, Andalo (ITA) — Road Team
Stage 16 may have been one of the shortest of the Giro d’Italia but the steep categorized climbs and blistering pace made for a tough day on the bike.
At only 132 kilometers, it was difficult for an early breakaway to successfully get away, despite multiple attempts including one from Daniel Oss and Joey Rosskopf. Instead the stage was set for attack after attack from the General Classification contenders.
Darwin Atapuma was in the mix for the whole stage, attacking to close gaps on breakaways on numerous occasions, but was unable to stay with the Maglia Rosa in the final 30 kilometers of racing.
Atapuma crossed the line in 17th place, 3’20 behind stage-winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), and has moved up to 13th place on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
“It was full gas all day from the kilometer 0 mark. I had the legs and I had good sensations all day, but in the final 30 or so kilometers I didn’t have enough to close the gap to the front riders. With such a short stage it is hard to bring it back as riders will expend all of their energy knowing that it’s not a long stage. The stage after a rest day is always hard, so now I’m looking forward to the next stages to come.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“We had two plans today. One was to try and get Daniel Oss in an early breakaway to get some points at the Intermediate Sprint and that happened as he got third place, and he also gained a few kilometers in the breakaway competition. Our second plan was to try and get Darwin in a good move on the climb. Unfortunately for us, the whole top ten of the General Classification started to move and it made it hard for him to go on the offensive. Instead he stuck in there and finished as high up as he could on the stage.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 16 Bressanone – Andalo (132km)
Top 3: Alejandro Valverde (MOV), Steven Kruijswijk (TLJ), Ilnur Zackarin (Katusha)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 17. Darwin Atapuma, 34. Manuel Senni, 65. Stefan Küng
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