Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 25, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valverde takes maiden Giro stage win as Nibali falters, Kruijswijk consolidates GC lead; Seven talking points from the second week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; What you need to know about the IOC’s Olympic anti-doping retests; British Cycling sends email warning to its riders; Degenkolb to Trek-Segafredo?; Sagan to Astana?; Dave Mirra: A Hero’s Death and CTE’s Arrival; True Temper to end bicycle tubing division; French police to bolster security for Tour de France; Fines for cyclists in new Australian road laws far outweigh motorists’; An Post Rás stage 2 highlights; Adam Phelan ; Drawing Peter Sagan

Valverde takes maiden Giro stage win as Nibali falters, Kruijswijk consolidates GC lead

by Michael Better

There were significant winners and losers on Tuesday’s Stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia, and none more so than Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde, who took his first career Giro stage win and advanced into third overall behind race leader Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin finsihed the mountainous stage at Brixen-Andalo along with Valverde and Kruijswijk, losing a few seconds at the line but moving into fifth overall.

“It’s a good day for me as I move up in the overall ranking, although I wanted a stage win as a gift for the mechanics, soigneurs, directors, my family… all the people who have helped me overcome the day I had on Saturday because of the altitude,” Valverde said after the stage.

Behind Valverde, however, several of the race’s GC contenders suffered — most notably Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge). Chaves, who sits second overall, was not at his best coming out of the Giro’s final rest day and lost 42 seconds to Valverde and Kruijswijk, while Nibali lost 1:47 and is now in danger of being bumped off the final GC podium at a Giro he’d once hoped to win.

“We wanted to break the race up today,” Valverde said. “It’s a great feeling to win for the first time at the Giro.”

Stage 16: Bressanone > Brixen-Andalo - Stage Result

Tuesday 24th May 2016

1. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
02:58:54
2. nl
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
3. ru
ZAKARIN Ilnur
Team Katusha
0:08
4. it
ULISSI Diego
Lampre - Merida
0:37
5. lu
JUNGELS Bob
Etixx - Quick Step
-
6. es
LOPEZ GARCIA David
Team Sky
0:38
7. ru
FIRSANOV Sergey
Gazprom-RusVelo
-
8. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
Orica GreenEDGE
0:42
9. pl
MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff
0:50
10. it
POZZOVIVO Domenico
AG2R La Mondiale
1:47
11. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
-
12. ie
ROCHE Nicolas
Team Sky
3:20
13. ee
TAARAMäE Rein
Team Katusha
-
14. dk
FUGLSANG Jakob
Astana Pro Team
-
15. fr
DUPONT Hubert
AG2R La Mondiale
-
16. co
HENAO GOMEZ Sebastián
Team Sky
-
17. co
ATAPUMA HURTADO John Darwin
BMC Racing Team
-
18. by
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
Dimension Data
-
19. cr
AMADOR Andrey
Movistar Team
-
20. it
CONTI Valerio
Lampre - Merida
4:47
21. it
MONTAGUTI Matteo
AG2R La Mondiale
-
22. at
ZOIDL Riccardo
Trek - Segafredo
5:02
23. pt
CARDOSO André
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
5:28
24. it
FORMOLO Davide
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
25. co
URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-

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Today’s feature image shows best young rider leader Bob Jungels ahead of Maglia Rosa Steven Kruijswijk on stage 16 of the 99th Giro d’Italia.

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