April 19, 2018
Dennis takes revenge in ITT
Stage 16: Individual Time Trial, Trento to Rovereto, 34.2 km
BMC's Rohan Dennis took his revenge on his stage one disappointment with a resounding win in the second Individual Time Trial. Back in Israel, the Australian had seen what loked like a certain win snatched away by Tom Dumoulin with a margin of on second. This time the margin was 14 seconds to Tony Martin with Dumoulin at 22 seconds.
Simon Yates dug deep to minimise losses to his nearest rivals and ended the day retaining the pink jersey with 56" in hand over Tom Dumoulin. Sky's Chris Froome managed fifth spot behind Jos Van Emden (LottoNL Jumbo) to climb into fourth spot on GC, up three places. Fabio Aru (UAE) posted an anstonishing time given his remarkably poor form, placing eighth at 57". He was initially in fourth spot but was docked 30" for drafting, one of six riders penalised. The highest profile victim of the day was Thibaut Pinot who finished 66th 3'19" down.
The stage winner, Rohan Dennis, said: ďI was hoping to take more time out of some of the climbers but the stage win surpasses that target. I wanted two time-trial victories in the Giro but I missed out in Jerusalem so I settled for the Maglia Rosa for a few days. I never considered taking it easy after I lost the Maglia Rosa. I still target the top 10. So far Iíve been happy with my performances at the Giro. Anybody in the top 10 now is a threat and, if I have a bad day, itís also a threat to my top 10.Ē
The Maglia Rosa, Simon Yates, said: ďFor long time trials, this is definitely the best Iíve ever done. Iíve had better placings but in short time trials or prologues that suited my characteristics. Iím very happy with the outcome today. I did have time checks. On a course like that, it didnít change anything in my pacing but I liked to know where I am compared to my rivals. I donít feel very fresh at this stage of the Giro; I feel pretty tired and there are very difficult stages to come. Iíll have to defend instead of attacking. Anybody within 10 minutes is still dangerous. In the Giro, a lot of strange things happen. Hopefully, Iíll have no bad days until we reach Rome. I have a very good team to support me until the very final of the climbs.Ē
Race Results - Stage 16 and GC