Alejandro Valverde: ‘Steven Kruijswijk will win the Giro d’Italia’

Stage 16 winner Alejandro Valverde reckons that no-one will be able to stop Steven Kruijswijk winning the 2016 Giro d'Italia on Sunday

Alejandro Valverde and Steve Kruijswijk on stage 16 of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk will win the Giro d'Italia on Sunday, says Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who was stage winner today in Andalo.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo's Kruijswijk increased his lead today in Italy’s northeast with attacks over the final two climbs on stage 16. He has an advantage of three minutes over Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) in the general classification and 3-23 on Valverde. 2013 victor Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) lost more time today, 1-47 minutes, and slipped to fourth at 4-43 minutes.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.