Giro d'Italia stage 16 as it happened: Tadej Pogačar wins yet again on the slopes of Monte Pana

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Tadej Pogačar at the Giro d'Italia

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It looks absolutely horrible at sign on this morning. Riders are decked head to toe in warm weather gear. 

Here's the race leader, Tadej Pogačar, on today's uncertainty speaking to Eurosport: 

Ben O'Connor had some pretty angry words to sum up his frustration at the situation. 

It's supposed to be three minutes until the neutralised start but according to reports there is still no decision on this and the riders will not start the race. 

Bora-Hansgrohe riders are riding back from sign on, the team buses have clearly left for the finish and riders are just left rolling around waiting to find out what's going on. It looks like chaos over there. 

Tadej Pogacar

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The stage is now expected to start in Spondigna at 14:00 CEST. 

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As always, at least Geraint Thomas is able to see the funny side amidst the horrible weather haha! 

We will be back in an hour for when the stage finally gets underway. 

Welcome back. 

The race ended up starting outside an Esso petrol station in what very much looked like the middle of nowhere.

The new route is now 118 kilometres. 

116km to go: Israel-Premier Tech's Marco Frigo is thhe first rider to get up the road and attempt to make something happen. 

101km to go: Frigo only has about 12 seconds now and will soon be back in the bunch.

In amongst all the chaos this morning, Bora-Hansgrohe announced that Danny van Poppel wouldn't start today due to illness. 

Frigo is still dangling out front and looks like a handful of riders are now trying to come across to him afterall.

91km to go: Juanpe López (Lidl-Trek) is one of the riders trying to get across to Frigo. Kevin Vermaeke (dsm) is also there. 

89km to go: Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal Quick-Step) is also trying to make something happen along with Davide Ballerini (Astana Qazaqstan) 

The move instigated by Lopez was completely swallowed up and now Alaphilippe's group are the one's animating the start. 

Unbelivably Mirco Maestri (Polti-Kometa) is with Alaphilippe up the road. The two combined in an epic breakaway on stage 12 before the Frenchman went on to win

77km to go: The quartet up the road are Alaphilippe, Maestri, Davide Ballerini and Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost). 

68km to go: Movistar are driving the pace on the front of the main field as they continue in pursuit of the break. 

It's now nearly two minutes for the leading four riders.

66km to go: Maestri is taking a big turn on the front of the breakaway here. Will Alaphilippe look to set him up to pay him back for his efforts the other day?

Alaphilippe has got his gloves off. He clearly means business again today. 

45 km to go: We're about to hit the first intermediate sprint point of the day in Bolzano. 

The breakaway didn't even fight for that. Ballerini rolled over first with the main objective simply being for the quartet to keep their momentum going. 

40 km to go: 1:36 for the leaders but thats coming down quickly. I can't imagine that lasting for long once the climbing starts in this kind of weather. 

We've had another rider abandon the race. 

38 km to go: We've got three kilometres to the start of the Passo Pinei and its now just 1:22 for the leaders. It's really tumbling down now. 

Tadej Pogacar

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Bora-Hansgrohe are moving up at the front of the peloton as the leaders start the climb. 

32km to go: Alaphilippe lifted the pace for a moment there and it seems to have really shattered the break. 

The Frenchman has now gone solo in the rain. It's absolutely hammering down. 

Alaphilippe still has no gloves on. His hands must be freezing in this rain. 

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28 km to go: Alaphilippe has nearly two mins on the peloton now. He's looking really good. 

26 km to go: Ballerini is the only other man from the initial move left on the road behind Alaphilippe. The Astana man is 1:08 back from Alaphilippe with another group just behind him. 

Here's a clip of Alaphilippe's move from the break. 

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20 km to go: We've still got eight kilometres to go on the Pinnei. Ballerini has been swallowed up as a few moves have come from the peloton. 

Tobias Foss (Ineos Grenadiers) was with Sanchez briefly but has been dropped. The Spaniard is pushing on and could make up ground on Alaphilippe pretty quickly if he keeps going. 

Looks like Jan Tratnik (Visma-Lease a Bike) is on the attack once again and trying to bridge across to Sanchez. 

17 km to go: Alaphilippe has about another five kilometres left on this climb as the chasers take on a brief false flat section. 

Looks like Jefferson Cepeda is the EF rider who was briefly with Tratnik. They've just been caught by the Movistar led peloton as Nairo Quintana himself gets out of the saddle and rides. 

Sanchez has clearly been sent up ahead as a satelite rider for someone to bridge across to. 

15 km to go: That injection of pace from Movistar has shattered the GC group. They've got rid of Romain Bardet (dsm) as well as others. 

13km to go: Tadej Pogačar now has his arm and leg warmers off and looks like he means business. Is the Slovenian about to launch yet another explosive effort and take yet another stage win?

This doesn't bode well for Alaphilippe. He'll be caught by the next two riders on the road before the top of the climb, Cristian Scaroni (Astana Qazaqstan) and Pellizarri from Bardiani.

Bardet (dsm-Firmenich PostNL) is having a terrible day. He's well behind the GC group and rapidly losing yet more time. 

10 km to go:  Tadej looks ready. 

Alaphilippe is on the descent of the Pinnei now. The roads are slick and horrible and there's small patches of standing water. 

8 km to go: Domen Novak is leading the GC group down the descent for UAE. Pogačar is locked onto his wheel. 

Alaphilippe has begun the final climb now. He's got 47 seconds. 

Poor Alaphilippe! UAE are riding like they want to win the stage. Majka is leading the group and ramping up the pace for the race leader. 

2.7 km to go: Alaphilippe is gone. Scaroni, Pelizarri and Costiou could have a stage win on the cards unless UAE launch their man. 

29 seconds for the trio of leaders as they approach the stage finale. 

After that initial scare, it looks like Bardet is almost back with the GC group. 

1.5 km to go: Meanwhile Ewen Costiou (Arkea) and Pelizarri have dropped Scaroni. 

Ben O'Connor is struggling and here goes Pogačar. He's about to catch Scaroni. 

He's now passed Costiou.

1.1 km to go: He's going to win again. He doesn't even look like he's trying today. 

Pogačar is almost on Pelizzari's wheel. He's just got the Italian to catch but he almost certainly will. 

He's passed the Italian now. Looks like Pelizarri is going to try and cling on for a bit. 

He's about to cross the line. This is another superb win for Pogacar. He's counting them out on his fingers. 

Pogačar wins! Pelizarri takes second. 

Here's our full stage report from another dramatic day at the Giro

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