Endurance: Dario Cataldo

Quintana wins brutal Stage 16 at Giro

May, 27, 2014
May 27
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won stage 16 at the Giro d’Italia on Tuesday, a brutal mountain stage that featured three massive climbs, cold and snowy weather, and confusion.

Quintana’s effort put him into the pink jersey, as Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished too far back to retain his lead. Quintana began the day trailing Uran by 2:40, but finished more than 4:00 minutes ahead of him Tuesday.

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) finished eight seconds behind Quintana in second, while Pierre Rolland (Europcar) was 1:13 back in third.

The 139-kilometer stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello brought the peloton over three climbs -- the Gavia and Stelvio, followed by the summit finish on Val Martello. The route featured 4,300 meters of climbing.

Uran is now 1:41 behind Quintana in second place overall, while Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) is third at 3:21 back.

Final ascent
Quintana found himself with Hesjedal, Rolland, and Dario Cataldo (Sky) at the base of the final climb, a 21K ascent with an average gradient of about 6.5 percent. The road featured several sections over 10 percent.

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