Giro d'Italia: Intxausti wins stage 16

Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) claimed stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia from Valloire to Ivrea, beating Tanel Kangert (Astana) and Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) in a sprint finish.

The trio broke clear of the maglia rosa group inside the final two kilometres of the stage with Intxausti winning Movistar’s third stage of the race.

In the fight for the maglia rosa Vincenzo Nibali faced attacks on the final climb of the stage but easily dealt with the moves of Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida). Mauro Santambrogio lost significant time, however, the Vini Farnese rider dropped on the climb of Andrate with 20 kilometres remaining.

Intxausti, who wore the maglia rosa for a stage during the opening week, dedicated his win to Xavier Tondo, who tragically died almost two years ago.

A very large group

After yesterday’s rest day the Giro sprung back into action in Valloire, with a 238 kilometre jaunt back into Italy and finishing in Ivrea.

The rest day have given the frostbitten, rain-soaked peloton that had survived the brutal conditions of the first two weeks a well-deserved opportunity to rest their legs and assess their standings before a renewed battle with what has been one of the toughest Giros in recent years.

Danny Pate (Sky), Wilco Kelderman (Blanco), Eros Capecchi (Movistar), Jose Herrada (Movistar), Grega Bole (Vacansoleil DCM), Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos), Christian Meier (Orica GreenEDGE), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani), Matteo Rabottini (Vini Fantini), Jackson Rodriguez (Androni), Emanuele Sella (Androni), Jose Serpa (Lampre-Merida), Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff), Gorka Verdugo (Euskaltel), Pieter Weening (Orica GreenEDGE) and Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp), Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani Valvole), Francis De Greef (Lotto Belisol), Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini), Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) and Robinson Chalapud (Colombia) finally formed the break of the day.

A strong group, but with Caruso 9:57 behind the maglia rosa, a number of top ten contenders were never going to be willing to see the Cannondale rider gain an advantage.

They led over Mont Cenis, climbed in the opposite direction from stage 15, with Rodriguez pipping Pirazzi to the maximum king of the mountains points.

The peloton kept the break at 5 minutes but within the final 70 kilometres RadioShack and Katusha led the main charge, relieving Astana of their maintained and steady tempo that had dominated the early sectors of the stage.

Attack, attack, attack

Within ten kilometres the gap had been reduced to 3:20. With 50 kilometres to go and harmony within the group becoming brittle, Pate and Sutherland opened up the attacks. Meier was quick to respond before Navardauskas dragged the group back together.

With 20 kilometres until the foot of the climb to Andrate, Sella and Kelderman finally managed to break free, with Pate able to make contact. The trio demonstrated far more intent than the 22 man group to collaborate but with the bunch closing to within 1:23, the break’s chances looked slim at best. On their side was the fact that Caruso had missed the split.

Navardauskas, Pirazzi, Bole, Verdugo, and Herrada formed a counter attack. The two groups merged inside the 25 kilometre banner with remnants of the original group having been caught by the peloton.

No sooner had the leaders reached the foot of the climb than Pirazzi attacked. His sudden move was neutralised. Herrada was the next rider to chance his luck, as the peloton closed to within 28 seconds. Navardauskas and Verdugo were able to make contact.

As Dupont and Scarponi attacked in quick succession, Nibali pouched on the move immediately.

Tangert took over pace duties once the peloton reformed as Pirazzi recovered and past the leaders as Santambrogio lost contact with the maglia rosa group.

Duarte, who had jumped clear and joined the break, dragged Pirazzi, Herrada and Navardauskas towards the summit but the bunch made contact with 18.7 kilometres, the maglia rosa group down to a dozen riders.

Betacur used Pirazzi’s final desperate attack as a launch, cresting the top of the climb alone. Samuel Sanchez, his forming improving by the day, made contact with the AG2R rider on the first slopes of the descent. But behind, Santambrogio had been dropped.

It inspired Scarponi to move clear on the descent but when Nibali made contact he dropped the Lampre rider and quickly latched onto Bentacur and Sanchez. Scarponi and Evans were equal to the move with the leaders regrouping with 10km remaining.

With five kilometres remaining Santambrogio had dropped two minutes, his podium chances evaporating with every pedal stroke.

The leaders appeared to show more concern with a stage win rather than adding more heartache to the Vini Fantini rider with Sanchez, Betancur, Gesink and Betancur among those who attacked.

The final selection was made when Przemyslaw Niemiec, Tanel Kangert (Astana Pro Team) and  Benat Intxausti (Movistar Team) broke clear inside the final three kilometres, with the Spaniard winning back to back stages for the team – and their third of the race – after Giovanni Visconti had triumphed on the Galibier.

 

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Full Results
1Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team5:52:48
2Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp0:00:14
5Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 5 - Cell 2
7Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 7 - Cell 2
9José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 10 - Cell 2
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 12 - Cell 2
14Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 13 - Cell 2
15Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia0:00:20
17Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:00:23
18Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox0:01:51
19Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 19 - Cell 2
21Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 20 - Cell 2
22Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Yury Trofimov (Rus) KatushaRow 22 - Cell 2
24Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 23 - Cell 2
25Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack LeopardRow 25 - Cell 2
27Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 26 - Cell 2
28Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:02:24
30Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Danny Pate (USA) Sky ProcyclingRow 33 - Cell 2
35Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 36 - Cell 2
38Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJRow 37 - Cell 2
39Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 38 - Cell 2
40Oscar Gatto (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:02:52
41Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli0:03:31
42Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Petr Ignatenko (Rus) KatushaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 44 - Cell 2
46Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 45 - Cell 2
47Stef Clement (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team0:04:01
48Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 48 - Cell 2
50Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 49 - Cell 2
51Kenny Dehaes (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 50 - Cell 2
52Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 51 - Cell 2
53Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) ColombiaRow 52 - Cell 2
54Sacha Modolo (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 53 - Cell 2
55Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha0:05:34
56Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli0:06:20
57Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:06:31
58Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 57 - Cell 2
59Ben Gastauer (Lux) Ag2R La MondialeRow 58 - Cell 2
60Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Vladimir Gusev (Rus) KatushaRow 61 - Cell 2
63Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 62 - Cell 2
64Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 64 - Cell 2
66Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step0:09:19
67Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 67 - Cell 2
69Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 68 - Cell 2
70Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 69 - Cell 2
71Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 70 - Cell 2
72Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-MeridaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Sky ProcyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
76Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky ProcyclingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 76 - Cell 2
78Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 78 - Cell 2
80Nelson Filipe Santos Simoes Oliveira (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 79 - Cell 2
81Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 80 - Cell 2
82Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ0:09:46
84Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 85 - Cell 2
87Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Sharp0:10:53
89Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 89 - Cell 2
91Paul Martens (Ger) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 91 - Cell 2
93Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 92 - Cell 2
94Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 93 - Cell 2
95Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Lotto BelisolRow 94 - Cell 2
96Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ioannis Tamouridis (Gre) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 97 - Cell 2
99Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin-SharpRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Tiago Machado (Por) RadioShack LeopardRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 102 - Cell 2
104Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 105 - Cell 2
107Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 106 - Cell 2
108Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 107 - Cell 2
109Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto BelisolRow 108 - Cell 2
110Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 109 - Cell 2
111Danilo Hondo (Ger) RadioShack LeopardRow 110 - Cell 2
112Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 111 - Cell 2
113Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-SharpRow 112 - Cell 2
114Robert Vrecer (Slo) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 113 - Cell 2
115Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJRow 114 - Cell 2
116Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 115 - Cell 2
117Pavel Brutt (Rus) KatushaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto BelisolRow 117 - Cell 2
119Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 119 - Cell 2
121Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:13:59
122Alessandro Proni (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 121 - Cell 2
123Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 122 - Cell 2
124Luca Paolini (Ita) KatushaRow 123 - Cell 2
125Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:16:16
126Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack LeopardRow 125 - Cell 2
127Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Argos-ShimanoRow 127 - Cell 2
129Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 128 - Cell 2
130Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 129 - Cell 2
131Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack LeopardRow 130 - Cell 2
132Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 131 - Cell 2
133Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 132 - Cell 2
134Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 133 - Cell 2
135Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 134 - Cell 2
136Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 136 - Cell 2
138Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 137 - Cell 2
139Willem Wauters (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140George Bennett (NZl) RadioShack LeopardRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jarlinson Pantano (Col) ColombiaRow 140 - Cell 2
142Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) ColombiaRow 141 - Cell 2
143Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 142 - Cell 2
144Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 143 - Cell 2
145Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-EuskadiRow 144 - Cell 2
146Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Adam Blythe (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 147 - Cell 2
149Rafael Andriato (Bra) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 148 - Cell 2
150Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJRow 149 - Cell 2
151Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:16:23
152Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 152 - Cell 2
154Davide Appollonio (Ita) Ag2R La MondialeRow 153 - Cell 2
155Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 154 - Cell 2
156Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 155 - Cell 2
157Ricardo Mestre (Por) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:17:10
158Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia0:17:17
159Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle ItaliaRow 158 - Cell 2
160Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) ColombiaRow 159 - Cell 2
161Wilson Alexander Marentes Torres (Col) ColombiaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 161 - Cell 2
163Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
164Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) ColombiaRow 163 - Cell 2
165Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro CyclingRow 164 - Cell 2
166Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick StepRow 165 - Cell 2
167Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF InoxRow 166 - Cell 2
168Rory Sutherland (Aus) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 167 - Cell 2
169Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-SharpRow 168 - Cell 2
170Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo-TinkoffRow 169 - Cell 2
171Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 170 - Cell 2
172Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 171 - Cell 2
173Maxim Belkov (Rus) KatushaRow 172 - Cell 2
DSQMattia Gavazzi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFMaarten Wynants (Bel) Blanco Pro Cycling TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Roux (Fra) FDJRow 175 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Garmin-SharpRow 176 - Cell 2
DNFDmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) KatushaRow 177 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 178 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdgeRow 179 - Cell 2
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Points
1Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team25pts
2Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team20Row 1 - Cell 3
3Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida16Row 2 - Cell 3
4Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Sharp14Row 3 - Cell 3
5Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team12Row 4 - Cell 3
6Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli10Row 5 - Cell 3
7Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida9Row 6 - Cell 3
8Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff8Row 7 - Cell 3
9José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team7Row 8 - Cell 3
10Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Ag2R La Mondiale6Row 9 - Cell 3
11Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling5Row 10 - Cell 3
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team4Row 11 - Cell 3
13Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox2Row 13 - Cell 3
15Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team1Row 14 - Cell 3
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