Ciccone: Following own pace instead of attacks at Giro d’Italia paid off

CORTINA DAMPEZZO ITALY MAY 24 Giulio Ciccone of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo passing through Passo Giau 2233m during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 16 a 153km stage shortened due to bad weather conditions from Sacile to Cortina dAmpezzo 1210m girodiitalia Giro on May 24 2021 in Cortina dAmpezzo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) closes in on Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) who had tried to follow the attack by Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Unexpected Trek-Segafredo leader, Giulio Ciccone, held firm on the overall during stage 16 as many of his more favoured Giro d’Italia rivals suffered in the tough conditions of the shortened stage, with the Italian reigning in his instinct to follow the attacks as he instead played a more conservative hand.

Ciccone came over the line in fourth 1:18 behind stage winner and GC leader Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and 51 seconds behind the second and third placed riders on the stage, Romain Bardet (Team DSM) and Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious). 

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