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Congratulations to Jon Izagirre and Euskaltel/Euskadi, taking the win today and the first at this years Giro for the Basque team!

After a single rest day (which hardly seems sufficient) yesterday, the Peloton dragged their weary bones up, out and back on the road. Heading for Falzes/Pfalzen 174km from the start of Stage 16.

On a ‘transitional stage’ the main pack seemed to have decided to ease themselves back into the race and were content to let a 10 man breakaway drift into the distance after around 80km. There were no big threats to the GC men in the group and it clearly showed as at one point they were nearly 13 mins ahead. The attacks came thick and fast as soon as they reached the final climb, but it was Izagirre’s move that finally stuck.

Stage 16 Last 5km

No changes up top today, but one thing is for certain. The riders better hope they get a good nights sleep tonight, as tomorrow’s stage looks like a real stinker!

With four whoppers, including the mighty, legendary Passo Giau. Just the ticket for tired legs!!!!

Good luck tomorrow for Fabian Cancellara and Tony Martin, both back from injury and racing again. Cancellara lines up for the Bayern Rundfahrt and Martin starts the Ronde van Belgie which will also see Philippe Gilbert, back after some time off, try and find his legs!!!