As it stands . . .
As the second longest stage in this year’s race, today was an early start and after a relatively leisurely opening 15kms, Ruben Guerreiro (EF Pro Cycling) attacked on the lower slopes of the the first climb of the day, the Madonnina del Domm. The move caused a huge posse of riders to chase him down, resulting in a 28-man breakaway forming on the 10km-long category two climb.
Here’s that breakaway in full . . .
Incidentally, Guerreiro was first over the Madonnina del Domm to add 18 points to his tally in the mountains classification ahead of Giovanni Visconti, the leader in that particular competition. Visconti, however, got the better of Guerreiro on the second climb of the day. Could be a decent battle between these two today atop the next four classified climbs.
And welcome to our live rolling blog from stage 16 at the Giro d’Italia, the 228-kilometre run from Udine to San Daniele del Friuli. As you can see from the below profile today’s stage is a punchy little introduction to the third and final week of the race.
Here are the leaders in the four main classifications — those awarded jerseys — the maglia rosa (pink), maglia ciclamino (cyclamen), maglia azzurra (blue) and maglia bianca (white).
The only non-starter today was Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) who was forced to abandon after testing for Covid-19 during the rest day and so 137 riders rolled through KMO at 9.26am (BST). As it stands, there is a massive 28-man breakaway leading the stage. Our liveblog will get under way in earnest at 12.30pm.