João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) has won Stage 16 of the 106th Giro d’Italia, the 203km long Sabbio Chiese-Monte Bondone. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished second and third respectively.
Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) is the new Maglia Rosa.
1 – João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) – 203 km in 5h’53’27″
2 – Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) s.t.
3 – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at 25″
1 – Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers)
2 – João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) at 18″
3 – Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at 29″
Speaking seconds after the finish, the stage winner João Pedro Gonçalves Almeida said: “A special victory, a dream come true. I was feeling well and the whole team was extraordinary. I worked together with Thomas to put seconds between us and Roglic, but then my main goal was the stage win. I try to improve day by day to become the best version of myself.”
The Maglia Rosa Geraint Thomas said: “It was a very tough day, a lot of climbs, I am happy with how it went. I found myself in front with Almeida, he was better in the sprint. I am not surprised by him, he is a very strong rider and a strong pretender for the Maglia Rosa.”