Giro d'Italia 2014

May 9 - June 1, 2014, Belfast, ITA, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to live coverage from stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia.

  1. 12:03:07 CEST

    Just 139km of racing but one of the most important days in the race so far, without question, with the Gavia and the Stelvio both featuring. The riders are currently signing on with the roll out in just under 30 minutes from now.

  2. 12:04:34 CEST

    • Team Sky

    A brief bit of news for you is that Team Sky's Edvald Boasson is a non-starter.

  3. 12:05:33 CEST

    There have been climbs in the previous Giro d'Italia stages, but on stage 16 things suddenly get serious, as the peloton will take on the Gavia and Stelvio before finishing atop Val Martello. At only 139 kilometers it is the race's second shortest road stage, but possibly the most difficult – “a day for the sprinters to hold on for dear life.”

    And if the stage looks vaguely familiar, it is because it is a repeat from the 2013 Giro. It was cancelled last year though, due to bad weather. And the possibility again exists that snow may force another change.


  4. 12:05:42 CEST

    Almost immediately after the start, the field will face the Passo di Gavia, one of the most legendary climbs in the Giro. It tops out only 22 km into the day.

    No sooner do they descend, than they start back up again. This time they face the Cima Coppi (the highest point in the race) the Passo dello Stelvio, with its 48 hairpin bends.

    The peloton's tired legs will get a short break before heading up the day's final climb, the category one Val Martello. A special feature of this 22 km long climb is the gradient, which hits 14% at the flamme rouge – a final torture which may decide the winner of not only the stage but also the Giro.

  5. 12:06:48 CEST

    You can watch our video preview of the stage, right here.

    Andy Hampsten climbs the Gavia in the snow

  6. 12:11:08 CEST

    • Climb

    Rain at the start this morning, so all the riders are wrapped up for the start. Not too many smiling faces as one might expect given the stage that the peloton are facing. There are reports of snow at the top of the Stelvio but all indications so far are that the stage will go ahead as planned.

  7. 12:12:13 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Heading into today's stage, here's how things currently stand in GC:


    1 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 63:26:39
    2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:03
    3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:50
    4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:24
    5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:40
    6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:42
    7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:04
    8 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:47
    9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:05:44
    10 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:06:32

  8. 12:16:59 CEST

    It not just the climbing, the weather and the competition that the riders have to face up to today. They have two weeks of racing in their legs and on top of that riders never really know how their legs will respond after a rest day. Some react better than others but there's no gentle warm up with Gavia coming early on in the stage. There's a short descent to the foot of the climb and then it's straight up. Given that Gilberto Simoni once said 'It's one of those climbs that when you arrive at the bottom of it you don’t know if you'll make it to the top," it's going to be a massive early challenge.


  9. 12:21:13 CEST

    • Team Sky

    Team Sky has issued a press release on Boasson Hagen:

    "Edvald has been experiencing rib and back pain over the last couple of days, and with the cuts and bruises he's already sustained, the medical team felt the best decision was for him to withdraw from the race at this point.

    "Edvald is bitterly disappointed but realises this is the best course of action. Some enforced time off the bike will allow him to make a full recovery before he begins competing again in due course."

  10. 12:24:46 CEST

    And the peloton are all on the start line. The jersey competition leaders are all on the front, a few feet away from the rest of the bunch. Majka is having a quick pre-race snack, as behind him Michael Rogers is a picture of concentration. Either that or he's asleep. No, he's moving, he's awake.

  11. 12:25:40 CEST

    A Tinkoff teammate eases up to Majka for a quick word as Uran turns around to face the peloton.

  12. 12:27:04 CEST

    Petacchi comes forward to talk to Uran as Bouhanni looks rather more relaxed as he chats with the RCS podium girl next to him.

  13. 12:28:18 CEST

    Uran is deep in conversation with Petacchi at the moment. He certainly doesnt look happy about something and now the race leader begins to talk to a Tinkoff rider.

  14. 12:30:49 CEST

    • Pink Jersey

    Now Uran is talking to Arredondo. It's just body language we're going off but Uran is shaking his head about something. Perhaps he just wants to get this stage started. It's certainly a massive day for him in his career.

  15. 12:31:20 CEST

    And they've started, the peloton have rolled out on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia.

  16. 12:31:56 CEST

    Rain, clouds, possibly snow later on.... this could be an epic day in the Giro d'Italia.

  17. 12:41:51 CEST

    The bunch make it through the neutralized zone and now they're onto the descent towards the foot of the Gavia. Today could prove to be a tactical battle with the make-up of the break all important.

  18. 12:48:56 CEST

    The rain is holding off at the moment, so some encouraging news for the peloton at least. Omega Pharma are currently on the front and setting the pace, the Gavia just a few kms away.

  19. 12:55:28 CEST

    • AG2R

    Onto the lower slopes of the Gavia. No snow, no rain but it's almost freezing as the peloton bunch together. One rider who didnt want cold today was Pozzovivo. The Italian climber has been suffering with illness over the last few days and lost time to some of his rivals on stage 15. He needs to bounce back today if he wants to hold onto his hopes of winning the race. You can find out about Pozzovivo's rest day and his thoughts on GC, right here.

  20. 12:58:10 CEST

    While you can also enjoy

    Robert Millar's analysis of the second week in the Giro d'Italia

    , right here. The former pro rider also predicts that the overall could come down to a straight fight between Uran and Quintana on the Zoncolan.

    Roche took pink, while robert Millar won the green climber's jersey and was second overall

  21. 12:59:34 CEST

    No attacks yet. The bunch still warming up it seems. Who can blame them to be honest.

  22. 13:09:26 CEST

    10km into the stage and still no attacks from the peloton.

  23. 13:20:20 CEST

    Italy are going nuts for Fabio Aru. RAI have just shown a two minute long montage of his attack from stage 15 and they're quickly talking up his chances of overall victory. He's certainly strong, and getting stronger and sits 4th at 2:24. Gazzetta feel that the race is a three-horse race between Uran, Quintana and Aru, despite Evans currently still in second place.

  24. 13:27:37 CEST

    Movistar currently setting the pace and it's already too hot for a number of riders who are being distanced.

  25. 121km remaining from 139km

    13:29:24 CEST

    Chalapud is currently on the attack but he's alone and roughly half-way up the climb. The pace in the peloton, being set by Quintana's Movistar team, has already seen riders drop off the back. All the main GC guys are still in contention though.

  26. 13:37:07 CEST

    Omega Pharma are just sitting in at the moment and holding back as Movistar take the race by the scruff of the neck. The onus is on the Spanish team to put pressure on the race leader and they're certainly doing that early on in the stage but how many teammates will Quintana have and need on the final climb? Conditions wise, no snow, no rain, but there's plenty of mist and cloud around.

  27. 13:38:08 CEST

    We're just hitting the hardest part of the Gavia with stretches close to 10 per cent. Chalapud has 30 seconds on the peloton at the moment.

  28. 13:39:37 CEST

    The visibility is becoming worse and worse as Chalapud rides through the mist. Movistar still occupy the front of the peloton.

  29. 118km remaining from 139km

    13:40:38 CEST

    118km to go so we've covered roughly 20km of the stage so far and we have one leader, Chalapud, who holds 30 seconds over the bunch.

  30. 13:42:19 CEST

    It's snowing on the Stelvio we hear as the maglia rosa group continue to lose riders. Those off the back will need to chase on the descent because the time limit could be a real issue today.

  31. 13:44:15 CEST

    Chalapud rides along side the huge snow banks on the side of the road as he pushes on. It's not the prettiest climbing style as rocks from side to side but it's doing the job. It looks like another attack from the bunch and it's Arredondo who leads the KOM competition.

  32. 13:45:04 CEST

    A ride from the Colombia team matches Arredondo who only has a small gap on the peloton. We've still a long way to go before we hit the summit of the climb.

  33. 13:45:54 CEST

    It's Pantano who has gone with Arredondo. It's hard to pick out riders in the mist and all those rain jackets on.

  34. 13:47:20 CEST

    The gradient ramps up again and Chalapud who is 1:38:56 down on GC grinds his way to the top of the climb. We've not had a time gap for a while but it's probably under a minute at the moment.

  35. 13:47:53 CEST

    There's a rider from Katusha coming up to the Arredondo and Pantano group. Is that Losada?

  36. 13:49:05 CEST

    Chalapud goes over the top of the climb as Arredondo pushes on in a bid to consolidate his position in the KOM competition.

  37. 13:50:22 CEST

    Arrendondo takes second on the climb, with Pantano third. Next ahead is a very dangerous descent with wet roads and the threat of ice and snow.

  38. 13:51:27 CEST

    No risks for Chalapud as he makes sure he's got enough clothing on. The two riders behind him are doing the same but there's no sign of the peloton cresting the top of the climb yet.

  39. 13:53:16 CEST

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  40. 13:55:15 CEST

    Before his attack Arredondo was deep in conversation with Quintana, perhaps regarding the pace of the Movistar team on the climb. The rain is coming down now as Chalapud pushes on. No risks but he's cutting through the corners well at the moment.

  41. 13:56:39 CEST

    Further up the descent Arredondo has a very small gap on Pantano but it's more for safety than anything else. The peloton will probably take the descent easy, allowing for a number of riders to regain contact after the climb.

  42. 14:01:21 CEST

    Patrick Lefevere is taking to Twitter to complain about the stage conditions. Can't remember if he did the same in Spa a few years ago in the Tour de France when Chavanel won the stage and took yellow but every day is different in cycling.

  43. 14:03:41 CEST

    A few television stations are talking about the stage being called off or rather speculating as to whether it should happen. For now the race is on and the break, and the peloton are on the descent of the Gavia.

  44. 14:05:39 CEST

    The rain is coming down even more and there's more snow on the Stelvio although it's clear at the top of the climb. The riders have 100km to go.

  45. 14:10:18 CEST

    Roughly half of the descent still to come before the riders take on the Passo dello Stelvio

  46. 14:11:12 CEST

    Riders are all over the place at the moment with Evans and Pozzovivo in a group that appears to be distant from the peloton.

  47. 14:12:58 CEST

    We think that Basso has been dropped on the last climb and is really suffering on the cold conditions.

  48. 14:13:44 CEST

    Not confirmed yet but we think that Evans and Pozzovivo are currently a minute down on the Uran group.

  49. 14:14:13 CEST

    Franco Pellizotti has atttacked though and is off the front of the peloton.

  50. 14:14:56 CEST

    Crikey Cadel ‏@CrikeyCadel 3m

    Just chatted with BMC soigneurs waiting for @CadelOfficial and @BMCProTeam on #Stelvio with cup of tea and new clothes #ThisAintPicnic

  51. 14:16:30 CEST

    That's a man dressed as a crocodile yet he makes more sense than most on Twitter. Says it all, really. Swift and one rider have linked up on the descent and are also clear of the peloton.

  52. 14:17:26 CEST

    Poor visibility but it looks like Pellizotti is now leading the race.

  53. 14:18:03 CEST

    We're still waiting to hear if that group containing Evans and Pozzovivo were dropped or ahead of the maglia rosa group.

  54. 14:19:21 CEST

    Pellizotti currently has 1'15 over the maglia rosa group but an AG2R rider is about to join him. In fact there are now four riders in the lead with Cataldo being one of them.

  55. 89km remaining from 139km

    14:22:24 CEST

    The three leaders we have are Franco Pellizotti, Dario Cataldo and Alexis Vuillermoz. Confirmed. We then have a group of five riders behind them.

  56. 14:24:07 CEST

    The three leaders are now on the lower slopes of the Stelvio with 86km to go. It looks like Evans is now in the maglia rosa group but it looks like he's coming back to them rather than they're catching him. Movistar are on the front of the maglia rosa group.

  57. 14:24:28 CEST

    The peloton is all over the road though, groups everywhere and it's become total chaos.

  58. 14:26:41 CEST

    Cataldo is now on the front for the break at the head of the race. There are six chasers behind that trio, and they include Kiserlovski who is 9th on GC. Then we have the maglia rosa group with Uran in the middle, currently taking off his gloves so that they can be changed/warmed up for the next descent after the Stelvio.

  59. 14:27:13 CEST

    The three leaders currently have 2'38 over the maglia rosa group. That's our first time check since the summit of the Gavia.

  60. 14:28:24 CEST

    As back with the maglia rosa group Movistar assume control with six riders on the front and Quintana tucked in from the wind. Evans has two men with him, AG2R are represented but it's hard to pick out the Omega riders.

  61. 14:28:48 CEST

    Dupont is in the second group so Pozzovivo has a man in each of the two groups up the road.

  62. 14:30:47 CEST

    The two leading groups have now merged and we'll bring you a full list of the riders as soon as we can.

  63. 14:32:28 CEST

    Rabottini has now attacked from the peloton, which is down to less than 50 riders.

  64. 14:34:01 CEST

    It's just brutal out there today and we've still got 85km to go. There will be plenty of debate later on about the conditions, should they race but that can wait until after the race. We'll just bring you updates on what's actually happening for now.

  65. 14:34:57 CEST

    Cataldo continues to set the pace, the maglia rosa group are now at 2;35 and Aru has a few teammates still with him.

  66. 14:35:51 CEST

    Kiserlovski is taking a turn on the front. A big gamble for him to be in this move but he's rolling the dice that's for sure. He's currently ninth on GC.

  67. 14:36:44 CEST

    The lead group consists of Pellizotti, Cataldo, Vuillermoz, Chalapud, Rosa, Kiserlovski, Niemiec, Dupont & Pantano.

  68. 14:42:49 CEST

    Quintana has four men left. It will be interesting to see how many he has on the final climb. Uran still has a few teammates but Evans and BMC have been scattered. The Australian is in the maglia rosa group but he's near the back at the moment.

  69. 14:43:14 CEST

    Geniez by the way is 1'43 down on the break with the bunch at 2'48.

  70. 14:46:41 CEST

    Quintana takes off his jacket as Rolland moves up. It looks like the Europcar rider has just one man left. Tinkoff have at least four riders in the maglia rosa group.

  71. 14:47:15 CEST

    Evans has moved back up towards the front of the main group, just tucked in along with Quintana behind the Movistar train.

  72. 14:53:29 CEST

    Geniez is climbing well and he's within 36 seconds of the lead group.

  73. 14:58:24 CEST

    BMC are losing two riders off the back and Agnoli is also slipping too. Sky have a couple of riders near the back of the field but the race is splitting up even more.

  74. 77km remaining from 139km

    15:00:14 CEST

    The nine leaders have lost 30 seconds to the peloton in just a couple of kilometers as Geniez continues to press on by himself. The Frenchman looks down the road, over the bank to where the peloton are a few switchbacks behind.

  75. 15:01:34 CEST

    There are less than 30 riders in the maglia rosa group.

  76. 15:03:54 CEST

    Interesting move from Rolland who puts his last man on the front and then moves into second wheel.

  77. 15:04:19 CEST

    Geniez has now made contact and moved right to the front of the break as Movistar follow Europcar.

  78. 15:07:59 CEST

    The leaders, now up to 10 press on but they've still a way to go before they reach the summit of the climb. No snow for now but the rain continues to fall as the peloton now start to line out in single file.

  79. 75km remaining from 139km

    15:10:25 CEST

    The peloton are clawing back time to these nine leaders. It has come down to 1:45. Good news for the race leader Urán, but the higher pace has shelled out some of his teammates.

  80. 75km remaining from 139km

    15:11:19 CEST

    The peloton are clawing back time to these 10 leaders. It has come down to 1:45. Good news for the race leader Urán, but the higher pace has shelled out some of his teammates.

  81. 15:13:40 CEST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Nicolas Roche on the front of the peloton. He's got his arm warmers rolled right down, obviously not feeling the cold weather. The Tinkoff-Saxo rider well used to the cold conditions riding in Ireland. His efforts have brought the gap down to just over a minute.

  82. 15:15:32 CEST

    The leaders only have around a minute though as Tinkoff now set the pace at the front of the maglia rosa group.

  83. 15:16:47 CEST

    Hesjedal is still in the magalia rosa group but it's hard to pick out Uran and his teammates. I think the race leader might just have one or two men left with him.

  84. 15:18:33 CEST

    News crackles through on race radio and racing might be neutralized on the descent.

  85. 15:18:50 CEST

    The ten man move now just have 20 seconds on the peloton.

  86. 15:20:17 CEST

    The gap to the break is down to just ten seconds.

  87. 15:21:08 CEST

    According to race radio riders will stay on their bikes but will be lead down the descent. Roche sets the pace but up ahead Cataldo has attacked from the break and now the snow begins to fall.

  88. 15:21:46 CEST

    Brutal conditions but how will the organisers handle Cataldo's attack? He doesnt want to sit up and wait.

  89. 15:22:30 CEST

    Could this be a really smart and opportunist move from the Team Sky rider?

  90. 71km remaining from 139km

    15:24:39 CEST

    Cataldo pushes on but we've no time gaps just yet as a number of riders from the break are caught.

  91. 15:28:19 CEST

    Deignan is hanging on at the back of the peloton, or rather what's left of it, as his teammate Cataldo leads the race. There's still a chasing group of around 5 riders clear of the bunch between Cataldo and the maglia rosa group but they only have a few seconds.

  92. 15:29:58 CEST

  93. 15:30:58 CEST

    Cataldo is less than 1km to go until the summit, which will mark the highest point in the Giro d'Italia.

  94. 15:33:10 CEST

    • Blue Jersey

    The Cima Coppi is taken by Cataldo this year. That's 40 points in the KOM too. He takes a bottle at the top and now he's onto the descent.

  95. 15:34:04 CEST

    The remnants of the break crest the top of the climb but it's so hard to pick out the riders due to the conditions.

  96. 15:35:06 CEST

    Geniez has pulled up and stopped just to put his rain coat on. He even takes help in doing it. And now the peloton are at the top and a few of them stop too.

  97. 15:36:13 CEST

    Chalapud was second on the climb, Dupont third and we've 66km to go in the stage.

  98. 15:43:45 CEST

    The cold will be a factor on the descent as riders need to keep as warm as possible on the lower slopes of the final climb. Cataldo still leads and he's pushing. Not sure about this 'neutralized descent' that the race radio were asking for.

  99. 53km remaining from 139km

    15:53:10 CEST

    53km to go and Cataldo leads by around a minute.

  100. 15:53:38 CEST

    The Team Sky rider has pushed his gap out to three minutes on the descent.

  101. 15:55:38 CEST

    Close to 50km to go as we see Uran on the descent. They really don't look like they've neutralized the descent so the organisers call looks like a bit of a farce at this stage.

  102. 15:58:11 CEST

    The long descent and riders will be getting colder and colder as Cataldo keep plugging away with his three minute lead over the maglia rosa group.

  103. 15:58:51 CEST

    In between Cataldo and the maglia rosa group we have Dupont, Pantano and Vuillermoz

  104. 16:05:25 CEST

    Race now says that Uran and Aru were dropped on the descent as we see Movistar and Europcar push the pace.

  105. 16:06:47 CEST

    There's a very interesting group with Quintana, Rolland, Sicard, Hesjedal and one more Movistar rider. We've not idea how much time they have on Uran and Aru.

  106. 16:07:33 CEST

    The group is Hesjedal, Rabottini, Sicard Quintana and Rolland.

  107. 16:08:20 CEST

    It looks like a Tinkoff rider has made it to the Rolland group too as race radio says that Uran is two minutes down on Quintana, all lost on the descent.

  108. 16:11:44 CEST

    Uran has one teammate left it seems and he's in trouble here because he's losing time and possibly the Giro d'Italia.

  109. 16:12:59 CEST

    Quintana with the gaps on the road as things stand leads Quintana on GC by 40 seconds. Evans, Aru and Majka are in the Uran group though and that will help the race leader as they'll all need to chase Quintana and Rolland.

  110. 16:13:29 CEST

    No sign of Pozzovivo or whether he's in the Uran group.

  111. 16:15:14 CEST

    Rolland and Hesjedal could also really profit from this situation although there's still a long way to go in the race.

  112. 16:15:40 CEST

    There are now two Omega riders pulling on the front before we start the final climb but Uran is under pressure.

  113. 16:17:37 CEST

    Cataldo has 1:02 on the Dupont group. The Rolland group is at 1:30 and Sicard has been dropped from the Rolland/Hesjedal group.

  114. 16:18:48 CEST

    Gorka Izagirre has to move to the front now for Rolland and Quintana.

  115. 16:23:06 CEST

    Omega have pulled back from the front of the maglia rosa group so other teams and riders will have to chase. Cataldo is close to the foot of the final climb.

  116. 16:24:32 CEST

    The Quintana group have caught the Dupont group but the AG2r riders are not going to ride, that's for sure.

  117. 25km remaining from 139km

    16:25:10 CEST

    25km to go and Saxo and Belkin move up and held to chase down Quintana.

  118. 16:26:57 CEST

    Gorka Izagirre is doing all the work up front but Quintana and Hesjedal are trying to encourage the others to work.

  119. 16:27:48 CEST

    Astana are also chasing for Aru so the Quintana group are really up against it. It's going to be hard for Cataldo  as well because the chase is really on.

  120. 16:28:18 CEST

    At least the conditions have improved, the rain and snow and stopped and these roads are fairly drive.

  121. 16:28:53 CEST

    Quintana and his group are at 1;33. The maglia rosa group is at 3'15.

  122. 16:30:44 CEST

    The climb starts soon and Hesjedal, Quintana and Rolland need to decide on whether they're going to commit and use up their energy beacuse Gorka Izagirre will be dropped soon.

  123. 16:32:15 CEST

    Quintana drops back to the team car, takes off his arm warmers and picks up a couple of gels. This group still have around 1;40 on Uran.

  124. 16:33:22 CEST

    Cataldo is now climbing and heading towards the finish. He has 1'20 on the chase with 20km to go. It's going to be a massive task to hold on from here.

  125. 16:34:49 CEST

    Pantano is helping the Quintana group and that will certainly help as the gap to the maglia rosa holds at 1'40.

  126. 16:35:43 CEST

    Gorka Izagirre has been dropped from that group so Pantano is working for Quintana here, clearly.

  127. 16:36:16 CEST

    Astana, Saxo and Belkin are still chasing behind as Uran and Evans sit in and wait.

  128. 16:36:43 CEST

    The gap between Uran and Quintana is at 1'50 now so it's gone out slightly.

  129. 16:37:41 CEST

    Uran is without teammates, Evans too in fact as Cataldo's gap to the chase drops to 50 seconds.

  130. 16:38:50 CEST

    Uran sits between Rogers and Kelderman. Rogers will have to perform well today and he moves to second wheel. Majka and Aru are the only riders left with a teammate.

  131. 16:39:08 CEST

    And with 18km to go Quintana has attacked.

  132. 16:39:16 CEST

    Rolland has gone with him.

  133. 16:39:50 CEST

    Hesjedal is forced to chase this one down and he's clawing them back, but slowly.

  134. 16:40:23 CEST

    The rest of the break has been blown away and Hesjedal still has a few bike lengths to close.

  135. 16:40:52 CEST

    Cataldo, because of that jump from Quintana has just 20 seconds of his lead left.

  136. 16:41:40 CEST

    Quintana is up on the pedals again and Rolland just sits on and bides his time. It means Hesjedal will have to work even harder to close the gap.

  137. 16:41:53 CEST

    17km to go and Cataldo has been caught.

  138. 16:42:31 CEST

    The Sky rider moves to the back of the group as Rolland takes over on the front for the first time. The trio have 1'55 on the maglia rosa.

  139. 16:42:53 CEST

    And Hesjedal makes it four leaders. Good work by the Canadian to close that gap.

  140. 16:45:17 CEST

    Quintana's group has 1'27

  141. 16:46:32 CEST

    Quintana is doing the work on the front of the group but the race is balanced here with the gap now at 1'37 as Landa setting the pace for the maglia rosa group.

  142. 16km remaining from 139km

    16:49:09 CEST

    Landa continues to set the pace, Rogers just behind him and Uran sitting pretty in pink. Meanwhile Cataldo has lost ground on the break so we have three riders leading the race.

  143. 16:49:27 CEST

    And Landa is cooked.

  144. 16:50:09 CEST

    Uran has to close a small gap in the the maglia rosa group as up ahead the leading trio move out to 1;42.

  145. 16:50:32 CEST

    Quintana looks the strongest of the three but there's still a long way to go.

  146. 16:51:24 CEST

    Now Rogers moves to the front and it's worth noting that Pozzovio also has a teammate with him as we enter into the final 14km go racing.

  147. 16:53:41 CEST

    And it's Ag2r who take up the pace setting duties on the front of the maglia rosa group.

  148. 16:54:12 CEST

    Both Evans and Uran look to be suffering but all the riders have been under pressure and suffered today.

  149. 16:54:38 CEST

    Quintana continues to set the pace and he's holding the gap at 1'40. It's just holding.

  150. 16:58:35 CEST

    The gap is creeping up though, as it moves out to 1;58.

  151. 11km remaining from 139km

    16:59:45 CEST

    11km to go and the gap is at 2'02 with Quintana doing most of the work. Rolland comes through now and then but Hesjedal is just hanging on.

  152. 17:01:13 CEST

    Dupont has cracked so Rogers moves back to the front of the group but Quintana is now 28 seconds off the race lead.

  153. 17:01:51 CEST

    Hesjedal is really suffering out there though as Quintana moves out of the saddle and the gap moves to 2'19.

  154. 17:02:12 CEST

    The Garmin rider is really having to dig deep today.

  155. 17:03:31 CEST

    Inside the final 10km for the three leaders with the gap at 2'15.

  156. 17:04:36 CEST

    Rogers has taken a few seconds off the break, 20 in fact, as Evans, Aru, Pozzovio, Majka, Uran, Kelderman all hang on.

  157. 17:06:14 CEST

    The gap is back up to 2'28 as Quintana continues to set the pace. It's almost like he doesn't know or care if Hesjedal and Rolland are there. All three riders are shaking up the top ten though as Rogers limits the damage.

  158. 17:07:55 CEST

    But it's goinig out and it's at 2'38. so Quintana is just two seconds from the maglia rosa.

  159. 17:09:15 CEST

    This will move Rolland into the top five, Hesjedal up to 8th.

  160. 17:10:39 CEST

    Quintana has accelerated once again and Rolland and Hesjedal are forced to respond but the gradient goes up to 14 per cent and now he's clear. He's alone and he's the maglia rosa on the road for the first time.

  161. 17:11:33 CEST

    Just over 7km to go and Nairo Quintana is leading the stage, the gap has come down to 2'31 as Uran is forced to set the pace as Rogers has sat up, his work done for the day.

  162. 17:12:16 CEST

    Up ahead the gradient eases and Rolland and Hesjedal make it back to Quintana, but the gap has moved out to 2'57.

  163. 6km remaining from 139km

    17:13:44 CEST

    And Majka has attacked, Kelderman goes with him then Pozzovivo and Uran is forced to close the gap with 6km to go.

  164. 17:14:19 CEST

    And Evans is in trouble. He's off the back and he'll have to chase as the gap to Quintana goes out to 3'08.

  165. 17:15:34 CEST

    Quintana's ride is just something else as the maglia rosa reforms with Evans and Aru coming back, both were briefly dropped.

  166. 17:16:09 CEST

    And Uran moves back to the front of the maglia rosa group but the gap is now at 3'18.

  167. 17:16:39 CEST

    Quintana has a small gap as Hesjedal and Rolland are forced to chase but Rolland has cracked.

  168. 17:17:17 CEST

    The wheels have fallen off and there are gaps all over the road as Majka, kelderman and Uran go clear too.

  169. 17:17:42 CEST

    Quintana leads with 5km to go but Hesjedal is with him now.

  170. 17:17:59 CEST

    The two leaders have 3'19 over the maglia rosa.

  171. 17:18:30 CEST

    Majka and Kelderman are together and clear of Uran and the rest of the maglia rosa group.

  172. 17:19:45 CEST

    Every time the gradient goes up Quintana goes clear but Hesjedal just keep him in his sights and then pulls him back. The gap has come down though, it's at 2'52, as Hesjedal takes a turn as the road eases.

  173. 17:20:17 CEST

    Uran, Kelderman, Pozzovivo and Majka have made a group of four but are at 3'12.

  174. 17:21:24 CEST

    Evans is the man in most trouble at the moment though because he's losing ground as the two leaders reach a 14 per cent stretch. They talk and Hesjedal takes a turn on the front.

  175. 17:22:46 CEST

    Aru has also made it into the Uran group so that's five riders chasing the two leaders with Rolland stuck in the middle.

  176. 17:23:25 CEST

    And Kelderman has attacked. A strong move from the Belkin rider and he has a gap right away.

  177. 17:23:48 CEST

    1.7km to go for the two leaders, and they have 3'22.

  178. 17:24:43 CEST

    Kelderman is pressing on and he has roughly 10 seconds on the Uran group but now the race leader has to respond to an attack from Majka.

  179. 17:25:36 CEST

    And Quintana goes again. Can Hesjedal come back this time? 1km to go.

  180. 17:26:22 CEST

    The gap is roughly 2 seconds between Quintana and the Garmin man. The gap to Uran is at 3'33.

  181. 17:27:03 CEST

    Kelderman is still on his own and riding well but Quintana is heading for both the stage and the maglia rosa.

  182. 17:27:57 CEST

    Henao is with the Uran group and is setting the pace as Hesjedal tries to come back to Quintana.

  183. 17:28:33 CEST

    The Canadian has about a four second gap to close with 200m to go.

  184. 17:29:15 CEST

    Here comes Quintana. He takes the stage.

  185. 17:29:32 CEST

    Hesjedal finishes second at 6 seconds.

  186. 17:29:53 CEST

    Rolland is going to take third as Pozzovio attacks from the Uran group.

  187. 17:30:36 CEST

    Third on the line for Rolland at roughly 1'12.

  188. 17:31:41 CEST

    Kelderman will be next to finish but Pozzovivo is also clear of the maglia rosa group. The Italian might even catch the Belkin leader.

  189. 17:31:56 CEST

    Aru has also dropped the race leader.

  190. 17:32:23 CEST

    Uran has lost pink though. That's confirmed now as the clock ticks by.

  191. 17:33:09 CEST

    Kelderman is home in 3'31, Pozzovivo at 3'36 and Aru a second later.

  192. 17:33:47 CEST

    Uran is in at 4'12. Just behind Majka. What a massive day of action in the Giro.

  193. 17:34:24 CEST

    Evans finishes in 4'48 his podium chances slipping away.

  194. 17:34:46 CEST

    1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
    3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
    4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
    5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
    8 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
    9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team

  195. 17:36:43 CEST

    And now with times, here's today's top ten:


    1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 4:42:35
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:00:08
    3 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:13
    4 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:32
    5 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:37
    6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:40
    7 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:08
    8 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky 0:04:11
    9 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
    10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:48

  196. 17:40:33 CEST

    General classification after stage 16

    1 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 68:11:44
    2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:41
    3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:21
    4 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:26
    5 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:03:28
    6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:34
    7 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:49
    8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:06
    9 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:04:16
    10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:08:02

  197. 17:44:44 CEST

    So Evans manages to hold onto third but only just as Uran slips to second and 1:41 down on the new race leader.

  198. 17:51:53 CEST

    There will certainly be a lot of talk over the descent of the Stelvio. It was meant to be neutralized but riders were certainly racing down it. Quintana zipped clear with a break and Uran and the rest of the peloton didnt see him again. Still a huge ride from the Movistar rider, it has to be said, no matter what went on during the descent.

  199. 17:54:16 CEST

    You can find our report, results and photos (coming soon), right here. And while we all wait for images, why not enjoy this video we shot with Oleg Tinkov on the rest-day.

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