Giro d’Italia 2016

Route map of the 2016 Giro d'ItaliaVincenzo Nibali (Astana) secured victory at the 99th Giro d’Italia after safely navigating the final stage to Turin.

Giant-Alpecin’s Nikias Arndt was awarded the stage 21 victory, after provisional winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was deemed to have performed an irregular sprint.

The general classification on the final stage was neutralised after wet conditions on the tricky finishing circuit in the city caused several crashes, with three riders forced to abandon so close to the end of the race.

That meant all Nibali had to do was cross the line, and left the sprinters to it as he and third placed Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) rolled in a minute or so behind the race for the line.

Esteban Chaves rolled in later amongst his Orica-GreenEdge teammates in the safe knowledge he had secured his second place overall.

The 2016 Giro proved to be another exciting edition despite a relatively low key line-up. The maglia rosa changed hands no fewer than nine times over the course of the three weeks of racing, with eight riders wearing pink starting with Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) in the opening Apeldoorn time trial in the Netherlands, to Nibali at the very end.

The third week proved to be the key moments in the GC battle, with Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) looking a sure-thing coming into the final two mountain days on stages 19 and 20.

His crash on the descent of the Colle Dell’Agnello allowed young Colombian Chaves to creep into the lead just 44 seconds as Nibali romped to victory in Risoul.

But the Shark showed his quality again the following day, and in spite of looking in relatively poor form in the weeks prior, attacks on the last big climb of the Giro, the Colle della Lombarda to leave Chaves struggling behind.

That moment won Nibali is second Giro d’Italia after his 2013 victory, and his fourth Grand Tour overall career win.

Bob Jungels, one of three Etixx-Quick Step riders to enjoy a stint in the pink jersey along with Gianluca Brambilla and Marcel Kittel, secured the young rider classification after finishing sixth overall, 8-10 down on the winner. It’s Jungels’ first Grand Tour top-10, showing his prospects for future GC campaigns.

The red points jersey went to Giacomo Nizzolo for a second year despite the Italian having never won a stage in his home race, while Mikel Nieve (Team Sky) took him the blue jersey of the mountains classification after his breakaway efforts in the final week.

Along with Nieve’s stage win, it’s but a consolation prize for Team Sky after their leader Mikel Landa was forced to abandon on the return from the second rest day with illness, leaving the British squad hunting for stage victories.

In terms of stage wins, Lotto-Soudal and Etixx-Quick Step will come away most pleased, with four stage wins each in no small part thanks to their respective sprinters André Greipel and Marcel Kittel in the opening weeks.

Lampre-Merida will be content with their pair brought home by Diego Ulissi, despite sprinter Sacha Modolo failing to show much, while IAM Cycling took their first Grand Tour stage win in their final year.

The top three of Nibali, Chaves and Valverde also grabbed a stage win each to add to their podium successes.

The 2017 Giro d’Italia route has yet to be confirmed, but will not leave Italy’s borders as organiser RCS Sport celebrates the prestigious race in it’s centenary year.

Vincenzo Nibali could be back to defend his title in the extra special edition of the Giro d’Italia in 2017 with his probable new Bahrain Cycling Team.Giro d'Italia - Stage 21

Final overall classification

1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana, at 86-32-49
2. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge, at 52s
3. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, at 1-17
4. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 1-50
5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff, at 4-37
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step, at 8-31
7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale, at 11-47
8. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar, at 13-21
9. Darmin Atapuma (Col) BMC, at 14-09
10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), at 16-20

Giro d'Italia - Stage 21

King of the mountains classification

Mikel Nieve (Esp) Team Sky

Giro d'Italia - Stage 21

Points classification

Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo

22 May 2016 99th Giro d'Italia Stage 15 : Castelrotto - Alpe di Siusi ITT JUNGELS Bob (LUX) Etixx - Quickstep, Maglia Bianca Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

JUNGELS Bob (LUX) Etixx – Quickstep, Maglia Bianca Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Young rider classification

Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx-Quick Step

Trofeo Fast Team


Trofeo Super Team

Etixx-Quick Step

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Key riders: Vincenzo Nibali | Alejandro Valverde

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