May 17, 2017
Nibali delivers first Italian win, Dumoulin lead cut after 'call of nature'.
Defending champion Vicenzo Nibali delivered the first Italian win of the 2017 Giro, outsprinting a frustrated Mikel Landa. Nibali and Landa had out descended their rivals from the final summit, the UmbrailPass.
The win came with a degree of controversy after Tom Dumoulin was caught short on the final climb. The Dutchman pulled over, and disappeard into the field alonside all the while stripping to attend a call of nature. Normally the peloton would be expected to restrain from taking advantage but after Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha-Alpacin) attacked briefly without suffering the ire of his GC colleagues the unspoken rule seemed to have been broken.
From then on while the pace didn't increase noticably neither did it slacken and Dumoulin saw the gap sit at between one and two minutes virtually to the line. Only a exhbition of near suicidal descending saw the Sunweb rider hold onto a fragment of a lead which at one pount had all but disappeared on the climb. From starting the day with a lead of 2'41" over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) Dumoulin ended it with 31".
Jungels triumphs on Stage 15: Photo Giro D'Italia/Photo LaPresse - Gian Mattia D'Alberto
Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) - 1st
“It was a spectacular stage. Climbing, descending and then sprinting. Finally it’s the Italian victory that everyone has been waiting for.”
Mikel Landa (Team Sky) - 2nd
“Sadly, I lose the stage in the last metres, but this is cycling. You can lose or you can learn something.
“I was feeling good, more or less from the beginning of the race. It has been a very fast stage, with no breakaway until the first climb. I was fighting, and finally they caught me in the last.”
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) - 3rd
“It was a very positive day, with really good teamwork. We knew we could pull back time on the leader today one way or another.
“The rhythm was very high. We spent a lot of kilometres all day going very fast. That made everyone's bodies very tired.
“Of course, I would have liked to take five minutes, but the reality is you often want to do something, but doing it is another story. But we're satisfied enough with what we've done today.”
Maglia Rosa Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) - 13th
"I needed to take a dump. I couldn’t hold it any more. After the Stelvio I started to feel it in the downhill and I just had to stop. It was not possible to continue anymore.
"How do you think I felt [chasing on his own]? I decided to fight, and fight, and fight, then take conclusions after the finish. That’s what I did but I’m very disappointed with the day. Right now I’m just disappointed.”
Franco Pellizotti (Bahrain-Merida) - 25th
“It’s very important for us. We did a really good job and this victory is important for the team. It’s also important in honouring Michele Scarponi. We’re pleased.”
1 - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain - Merida) - 222km in 6h24’22”, average speed 34.654km/h
2 - Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky) s.t.
3 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) a 12"
4 - Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) a 24"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) a 34"
1 - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
2 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) at 31"
3 - Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain - Merida) at 1'12"
4 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) at 2'38"
5 - Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha Alpecin) at 2'40"
Video Highlights (Italian Commentary)
Maglia Rosa (pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel - Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)
Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo - Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Mikel Landa Meana (Team Sky)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
Stage 16 Results and GC