Giro d’Italia – Jan Hirt wins stage 16 as Richard Carapaz has overall lead cut – SPORT NEWS PEDIA

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Czech rider Jan Hirt claimed a first Grand Tour win with victory over a tough mountain stage as Richard Carapaz saw his overall lead of the Giro d’Italia cut to just three seconds.

The 202km stage 16 from Sala to Aprica had three category one climbs and was seen as one of the toughest stages.

Hirt finished seven seconds clear of Team DSM’s Thymen Arensman.

“I’ve had a few problems during the stage. My chain dropped, I cramped, but I never gave up,” said Hirt.

“I’m glad I managed to go solo. I always said that my biggest achievement would be to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia and I could stop after that, but I won’t stop now.”

Hirt, from the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux team, had been part of the main breakaway group, before attacking on the final ride up the Valico di Santa Cristina.

Australian Jai Hindley – who had come into the stage seven seconds behind in the overall standings – brought the rest of the chasing group home, with Ineos Grenadiers rider Carapaz among them.

Hindley’s third place saw the Bora-Hansgrohe rider pick up crucial bonus seconds which moved him closer behind Ecuador’s Carapaz in the battle for the maglia rosa leaders’ jersey.

However, Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) now sits 44 seconds behind having been unable to respond on the final climb, which saw him lose time to his general classification rivals.

Carapaz said: “It’s been a hard stage and at the end I’m happy. I thought I was going to win the sprint for third place. I eventually didn’t, but it’s still a good day for me.

“I’ve lost a few seconds on Hindley, but I gained more on Almeida so the balance is positive.”

Stage 17 runs over another 168km of mountain terrain from Ponte di Legno to Lavarone, with the 21-stage race concluding in Verona with a time trial on 29 May.

Stage 16 result
Jan Hirt (Cze/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) 5hr 40min 45secs
Thymen Arensman (Ned/Team DSM) +7secs
Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora Hansgrohe) +1min 24secs
Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grenadiers) same time
Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar Team) same time
Mikel Landa (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) same time
Lennard Kamna (Ger/Bora Hansgrohe) +1min 38secs
Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Team Emirates) same time
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana – Qazaqstan Team) +2mins 6secs
Hugh Carthy (GB/EF Education EasyPost +2mins 13secs

General classification
Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Ineos Grendiers) 68hr 49mins 6secs
Jai Hindley (Aus/Bora Hansgrohe +3secs
Joao Almeida (Por/UAE Team Emirates) +44secs
Mikel Landa (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) +59secs
Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana – Qazaqstan Team) +3mins 40secs
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) +3mins 48secs
Pello Bilbao (Esp/Bahrain Victorious) +3mins 51secs
Emanuel Buchmann (Ger/Bora Hansgrohe) +4mins 45secs
Jan Hirt (Cze/Intermarche Wanty Gobert Materiaux) +7mins 42secs
Alejandro Valverde (Esp/Movistar Team +9mins 4secs

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