Giro Britannia: A hard, hot slog in Italy

Bradley Wiggins Giro 2009 stage 16

235km of racing, seven hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds in the saddle for stage winner Carlos Sastre and eight hours and eight seconds for the riders in the final gruppetto that finished 48-14 behind.

Monday?s stage 16 was always going to be the toughest of the centenary Giro but the roasting heat (38 degrees at the bottom of the final climb and a road temperature of 48 degrees) turned it into a battle of survival for most of the 172 riders left in the race.

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