Quintana takes Giro d’Italia lead

Nairo Quintana moved into the overall lead in the Giro d’Italia after winning a controversial stage 16 with a powerful display in tricky conditions.

Quintana’s climbing abilities helped him turn a large deficit on Rigoberto Uran into a 101-second lead.

But confusion over whether the Stelvio descent had been neutralised because of safety fears caused chaos anger among the teams.

Colombian Quintana was one rider to make up time on the descent.

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I made up more time on the climb, we didn’t make so much on the descent

Nairo Quintana

He then increased the gap in the final climb of the 139km trek on a day as riders had to deal with snow, fog and rain as well as the legendary Gavia and the Stelvio climbs in one day for the first time.

The official Giro d’Italia Twitter account wrongly suggested the Stelvio descent had been neutralised because heavy rain had made the descent even more treacherous.

Some teams also complained that the correct information had not made its way to all the race cars.

A tweet posted on the official Giro account 

later apologised for the earlier incorrect message.

Riding his first Giro, Quintana finished the stage eight seconds ahead of Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal, with France’s Pierre Rolland third.

Uran, who started the day with a 1:03 lead over the field, trailed home in ninth place, more than four minutes behind his compatriot Quintana’s time for the stage, with Cadel Evans in third place overall, 3:21 behind.

“Since the start of the season, I think I’ve shown my runner-up place at the Tour de France was no fluke, Said Quintana.

“In this Giro, I’ve encountered a few problems but I’ve never lost hope. The team have been right behind me and kept my confidence intact.”

Wednesday’s 17th stage is a 208km trek over rolling terrain from Sarnonico to Vittorio Veneto.

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Riders had to contend with snow, fog and rain during stage 16

The peloton in action on a snowy stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia

At one point, teams were given incorrect information by the race’s official Twitter account

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Stage 16 result:

1. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 4:42.35″

2. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp +08″

3. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +1:13″

4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team+3:32″

5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale +3:37″

6. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team +3:40″

7. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo +4:08″

8. Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky +4:11″

9. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team

10. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +4:48″

General classification

1. Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 68:11.44″

2. Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step Cycling Team +1:41

3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +3:21″

4. Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar +3:26″

5. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo +3:28″

6. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team +3:34″

7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale +3:49″

8. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team +4:06″

9. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp +4:16″

10. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing +8:2″

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/27595074

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