Czech rider Jan Hirt claimed a primary Grand Tour win with victory over a tricky mountain stage as Richard Carapaz noticed his total lead of the Giro d’Italia lower to simply three seconds.
The 202km stage 16 from Sala to Aprica had three class one climbs and was seen as one of many hardest phases.
Hirt completed seven seconds away from Staff DSM’s Thymen Arensman.
“I’ve had a number of issues in the course of the stage. My chain dropped, I cramped, however I by no means gave up,” stated Hirt.
“I am glad I managed to go solo. I at all times stated that my greatest achievement can be to win a stage on the Giro d’Italia and I might cease after that, however I will not cease now.”
Hirt, from the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux crew, had been a part of the primary breakaway group, earlier than attacking on the ultimate journey up the Valico di Santa Cristina.
Australian Jai Hindley – who had come into the stage seven seconds behind within the total standings – introduced the remainder of the chasing group house, with Ineos Grenadiers rider Carapaz amongst them.
Hindley’s third place noticed the Bora-Hansgrohe rider decide up essential bonus seconds which moved him nearer behind Ecuador’s Carapaz within the battle for the maglia rosa leaders’ jersey.
Nonetheless, Joao Almeida (UAE Staff Emirates) now sits 44 seconds behind having been unable to reply on the ultimate climb, which noticed him lose time to his basic classification rivals.
Carapaz stated: “It has been a tough stage and on the finish I am completely happy. I assumed I used to be going to win the dash for third place. I ultimately did not, but it surely’s nonetheless a great day for me.
“I’ve misplaced a number of seconds on Hindley, however I gained extra on Almeida so the stability is optimistic.”
Stage 17 runs over one other 168km of mountain terrain from Ponte di Legno to Lavarone, with the 21-stage race concluding in Verona with a time trial on 29 Might.
Stage 16 consequence
- Jan Hirt (Cze/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) 5hr 40min 45secs
- Thymen Arensman (Ned/Staff DSM) +7secs
- Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora Hansgrohe) +1min 24secs
- Richard Carapaz (Eu/Ineos Grenadiers) identical time
- Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar Staff) identical time
- Mikel Landa (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) identical time
- Lennard Kamna (Ger/Bora Hansgrohe) +1min 38secs
- Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Staff Emirates) identical time
- Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana – Qazaqstan Staff) +2mins 6secs
- Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Training EasyPost +2mins 13secs
- Richard Carapaz (Eu/Ineos Grendiers) 68hr 49mins 6secs
- Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora Hansgrohe +3secs
- Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Staff Emirates) +44secs
- Mikel Landa (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) +59secs
- Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana – Qazaqstan Staff) +3mins 40secs
- Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) +3mins 48secs
- Pello Bilbao (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) +3mins 51secs
- Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora Hansgrohe) +4mins 45secs
- Jan Hirt (Cze/Intermarche Wanty Gobert Materiaux) +7mins 42secs
- Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar Staff +9mins 4secs