Jan Hirt wins first-ever Grand Tour stage with victory on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia

The Czech rider attacked 10km from the line up the final climb of the day, and managed to hold on from Thymen Arensman to take the win

Jan Hirt Giro d'Italia
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Jan Hirt (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) secured his first-ever Grand Tour stage with victory on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia, largely regarded as the most difficult day of this year's edition.

Part of the breakaway for the majority of the day, the 31-year-old perfectly timed his attack on the ascent of the Valico di Santa Cristina as he powered away from the other riders. Thymen Arensman (Team DSM) tried his best to match Hirt's stunning solo attack, but just couldn't match the Czech rider's pace up the climb or during the descent in the final 5km, finishing ten seconds back. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.