Sivakov retains ninth after queen stage

28 May 2019

Sivakov retains ninth after queen stage

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Giro d’Italia – Stage 16: Lovere – Ponte di Legno, 194km

Pavel Sivakov battled hard to retain his ninth place overall at the Giro d’Italia following a brutally tough 16th stage. The young Russian held firm on the general classification on the queen stage after limiting his losses well with the help of his Team INEOS teammates. 
 
As expected the race split apart on the fearsome slopes of the Passo del Mortirolo, with Sivakov smartly opting to ride to his own tempo. He now sits seven minutes and 51 seconds back on race leader Richard Carapaz. 
 
The GC contenders went toe to toe on the day, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) accelerating on the climb and riding to the finish with a select group featuring the maglia rosa. 
 
The day’s 21-man breakaway broke apart across a tough parcours, with Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) holding on to claim victory into Ponte di Legno.
 
Sivakov was flanked by Eddie Dunbar, Ivan Sosa and Sebastien Henao on the early slopes of the Mortirolo but was ultimately forced to relinquish the white young riders jersey to Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
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- Nicolas Portal

"It was a hard and long mountain stage. The Mortirolo is a tough climb and super steep - it's not a climb that particularly suits Pavel. But I think he managed pretty well. He knew that he could be on his own over the top but he had support from Sebas (Henao) and Ivan (Sosa). On the downhill he did a time trial basically. 

"He was pushing hard to hold the gap and I think he exploded a bit in the last three kilometres. He did a really solid race and he was happy with the pacing he'd done over the climb. The guys did a great job until the bottom of the Mortirolo and then we had three guys with him on the climb."
Elsewhere the opening day of the Tour of Norway kicked off with a bunch sprint. Team INEOS worked hard late on to shut down the breakaway, with Kristoffer Halvorsen returning from illness to sprint to fifth place. Cees Bol (Team Sunweb) picked up the win in Egersund.

What's Next?

A day in the medium mountains could provide the perfect launchpad for a breakaway following a heavy general classification day. We could see a race within a race as the stage finishes on a third category summit in Anterselva/Antholz.

Stage 16 result:

1. Giulio Ciccone (Trek Segafredo) 5:36:24
2. Jan Hirt (Astana) s.t.
3. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) +1:20"
4.Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +1:41"
5. Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) s.t.
16. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +3:44"

General classification:

1. Richard Carapaz (Movistar) 70:02:05
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida) +1:47"
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +2:09"
4. Mikel Landa (Movistar) +3:15"
5. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) +5:00"
9. Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS) +7:51"

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