While the Giro d'Italia blue 'king of the mountains' jersey-wearing Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) was busy warding off any thoughts of being cold by winning stage 16 to Ponte di Legno on Tuesday, behind him – and behind the warring GC contenders – many of the riders were just fighting the wild, wet and windy weather, with thoughts of making it back to the warmth of their team buses.
Incredibly, given the weather conditions, Nicola Bagioli (Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane) and AG2R's Tony Gallopin – the latter having suffered with a knee injury in recent days – were the day's only two non-finishers, with no one finishing outside the limit. Trek-Segafredo's Will Clarke was the last man home in 145th place, 43:41 behind his teammate, stage winner Ciccone.
"So, so cold down that descent," Dunne wrote of the Mortirolo. "Poured hot tea all over myself to try to warm up on the valley road to the finish."
"Just pee in your shorts, mate," wrote the American, possibly revealing the secret of his success on his way to his top-10 placing.
Posting his message while still stuck in traffic, Dunne was nevertheless happy to have ABBA playing on the team bus to keep up morale. Seeing plenty of Irish supporters on the Mortirolo had also helped, Dunne wrote.
"Summer's day in Dungarvan, that," he joked, referring to the Irish town on the south coast between Cork and Waterford.
P.s thanks for all the shouts on the way up!! Of course there was plenty of Irish out. Summers day in Dungarvan that— Conor Dunne (@conordunnealot) May 28, 2019
Australia's Chris Hamilton, who finished 36th on the stage, just 10 minutes on Ciccone, posted a picture of himself riding up the Mortirolo with a rain jacket gripped between his teeth.
"That was a big day out. I swear I got it on by the bottom," the Team Sunweb rider joked of the rain jacket.
"Hope the sun is soon back in Italy," the Swiss rider wrote. "Sixteen stages done. Five to go."
Kingstage more then 5000 meters of elevation and in then end again lot of rain and cold weather hope the sun is soon back in— Reto Hollenstein (@RetoHollenstein) May 28, 2019
16 stages done - 5 to go
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