Stage 16 Ponte di Legno – Val Martello/Martelltal 139km
Short stage right? Except for the Gavia, the Stelvio, and summit finish. Oh yeah, there was rain and snow too. They tried to run this stage last year and had to cancel it due to poor weather, but the show was on today as this would be the queen stage. It was pretty crazy looking with the fog and all, but I’m not going to use the “e” word – commentary form the riders post-stage said that it sucked, but they used fancier words. As much as the time gaps blew up, there’s still a lot of racing to do for the top ten on GC.
Bottom of the GC though, Jetse’s widened his gap to over ten minutes to the next Maglia Nera challenger Michael Hepburn – one of only 3 remaining riders from Orica-GreenEdge. Adding +44:07 today puts Jetse at +4:07:53 total.