Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) simply gained his first Grand Tour stage in Giro d’Italia, the Czech rider took the stage 16 win. This was certainly a really troublesome day within the final week of the Italian Grand Tour, profitable this stage was no simple feat to perform.
He sprinted away from the opposite riders on the ascent of Valico di Santa Cristina, which can also be the place he launched his assault completely. The breakaway lauded a much-needed pause from the remainder of the day which was fairly hectic. Thymen Arensman (Group DSM) was on Hirt’s tail attempting to carry down the rider however he didn’t possess the skillset nor the stamina to match the Czech’s ferocity.
That is the final week of Giro d’Italia which signifies that issues are going to kick up a notch, stage 16 proved to be totally action-packed and arduous on the identical time. Lennard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe) tried his greatest so as to add one other stage victory underneath his belt however that failed. His teammate Jai Hindley, nevertheless, managed to complete within the third place.
João Almeida (UAE Group Emirates) alternatively, restricted his Giro 2022 GC standings by following in on Carapaz, Hindley, and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) until they launched their assaults on the Santa Cristina mountain.
How It Went Down
Monday’s relaxation day offered a much-needed break for the Peloton, this was obligatory for stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia which might show to be the toughest day of this 12 months’s version of the Italian Grand Tour. This was a 202 km race ranging from Salò to Aprica. This race was additionally going to function among the hardest and unforgiving climbs: Goletto di Cadino, Passo del Mortirolo, and Valico di Santa Cristina. Combining all of those climbs, riders must climb a whopping whole of 5,268 meters.
Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) retained the Maglia Rosa however he needed to combat lots of cyclists that had been launching assaults, together with Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe).
In the course of the begin of the race, an early breakaway group was shaped by the likes of Nans Peters (AG2R Citroën), Pascal Eenhkoorn (Jumbo-Visma), Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Christopher Juul-Jensen (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mark Cavendish for all the fitting causes (Fast-Step Alpha Vinyl).
When the time got here for the Santa Cristina ascent, Jan Hirt made it there to the summit first. Following proper behind him was none aside from Arensman, with solely 15 seconds behind. Now it was a duel to the end line, they knew the primary to descend the mountain would have the stage win. The moist roads of the mountain certainly proved very uncomfortable, the true check started for them with the grip and turns however they managed to carry on.
With the ultimate kilometer of the race approaching, Jan Hirt was on the entrance of the group, with a lead of ten seconds. He repelled all of the assaults coming in from Thymen and crossed the end line with a tremendous lead. A shocking efficiency from Jai Hindley rewarded him the third general place. Hats off to Jan Hirt for such a tremendous win!
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