Giro d'Italia stage 16 reactions: Miguel Angel Lopez, Lucas Hamilton, Vincenzo Nibali, Rafal Majka
May 29 2019 06:07 am CET

Giro d'Italia stage 16 reactions: Miguel Angel Lopez, Lucas Hamilton, Vincenzo Nibali, Rafal Majka
Giro d'Italia stage 16 reactions: Miguel Angel Lopez, Lucas Hamilton, Vincenzo Nibali, Rafal Majka
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The 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia included the Mortirolo and was a cold and wet day in which some of the favourites won some time and others struggled to maintain their positions. Miguel Angel Lopez, Lucas Hamilton, Vincenzo Nibali and Rafal Majka shared their impressions of the stage at the finish line.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

"With 1.5 km to go, I was just empty. Nothing left in the legs. I was trying to pass it through, but it was not easy. I gave my best today, but in the end, I suffered from the cold. Anyway, I could be happy with the way I did this stage and with the way my team helped me. Now, I retook the white jersey and this brings me more motivation ahead of the final hard stages of the Giro. We will continue this Giro day by day."

Lucas Hamilton (Mitchelton-Scott)

"My plan was to try to sit on Simon’s wheel up the Mortirolo. There’s not much you can do to help someone on a climb like that, you just have to ride your pace, but I was hoping to be there to help him on the valley to the line. Unfortunately, I made it to the top, but I got dropped on the descent. I missed the first couple of turns and I was out of my comfort zone and didn’t want to get in Simon’s way. Fortunately, we have Mikel Nieve who has had a super ride and dropped back from the breakaway to help him to the line."

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)

"It was set to be the Queen stage of this Giro but without Gavia, it was the same a very demanding stage conditioned by the bad weather especially from the Mortirolo to the finish in Ponte di Legno. Damiano and I collaborated with Carapaz and Mikel Landa to earn as much as possible on Roglic. Now we have to come up with something to try to take the pink jersey but it won’t be easy because Carapaz is proving to be a very solid rider."

Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)

"I lost time today and I don't quite know what went wrong, but I had bad legs on the Mortirolo. I hope that it is just one bad day, and there are more stages yet to come. Michael Schwarzmann did a very good job, and Davide Formolo supported me extremely well on the Mortirolo. We tried to make up time in the descent, however, we eventually weren't able to do that successfully. It was a hard day in the saddle, and I think that everyone suffered out there. Now we will have to see how we fare tomorrow."




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