Giro d’Italia: Jan Hirt wins stage 16 as Richard Carapaz has overall lead cut
Jan Hart from the Czech Republic took his first Grand Tour victory in a difficult mountain stage, while Richard Karbaz put him on the Giro d’Italia. The overall advantage was reduced to just three seconds.
Hirt was seven seconds ahead of DSM’s Thymen Arensman.
“I had some issues on stage. My chain fell and I tightened, but I never gave up,” Hart said.
“I’m very happy that I can ride alone. I always say that my biggest achievement is to win a stage in the Giro, after which I can stop, but I do not intend to stop.”
Hirt from Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux was part of the main escape before attacking Valico di Santa Cristina in the final lap.
Australian Jay Hindley, who entered the stage seven seconds after the qualifiers, returned the rest of the chase, including driver Ineos Grenadiers Carapaz.
Hindley scored crucial extra seconds for the Bora-Nasrogra driver for the third time, bringing him closer to the Ecuadorian Carpas in the top shirt competition of the Maglia Rosa.
However, Joao Almeida (UAE) is now 44 seconds behind after failing to respond to the recent rise to a loss in the rankings.
“It was a difficult stage, and I am happy in the end,” Kreps said. “I thought I would win the third race. In the end not, but it was still a good day for me.
“I lost a few seconds in Hindley but I won more in Almeida, so the record is positive.”
Phase 17 spans 168 miles of mountainous terrain from Punta di Lagano to Barona, with a total of 21 phases that will undergo a time trial in Verona on 29 May.