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Results & Comments: Stage 15 Giro’16

Steven Kruijswijk Consolidates Maglia Rosa

Alexander Foliforov is surprise winner in mountain time trial

Alpe di Siusi (Seiseralm), 22 May 2016 – Russian rider Alexander Foliforov of Gazprom-RusVelo was the surprise winner in the uphill time trial at Alpe di Siusi with an advantage of 16 hundredths of a second over Steven Kruijswijk, who consolidated his Maglia Rosa with one week of the 99th Giro d’Italia to go. He outclassed rivals Esteban Chaves, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde, who now follow him in that order in the overall ranking. Vincenzo Nibali’s ride was hindered by a mechanical incident. He finished 25th at 2’10”.

Russian rider Alexander Foliforov on the way of the 15th stage of Giro d’Italia cycling race from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi, 22 May 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

FINAL RESULT
1 – Alexander Foliforov (Gazprom – Rusvelo) – 10.850 km in 28’39”, ave. 22.617 km/h
2 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) s.t.
3 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 23″

JERSEYS
Maglia Rosa
(pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida – Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek – Segafredo)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Damiano Cunego (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk of Team Lotto Jumbo wearing Pink Jersey on the way of the 15th stage of Giro d’Italia cycling race from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi, 22 May 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Steven Kruijswijk (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo)
2 – Esteban Chaves (Orica Greenedge) at 2’12”
3 – Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) at 2’51”
4 – Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) at 3’29”
5 – Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) at 4’38”

STATISTICS
Before Alexander Foliforov, three Russian riders have won time trials at the Giro d’Italia. They’ve all also won the overall classification once: Evgeni Berzin (3 time trials), Pavel Tonkov (1 time trial) and Denis Menchov (1 time trial)
First podium for Steven Kruijswijk in the 46 individual time trials he has contested in his pro career (since 2010)
First podium at the Giro for Alejandro Valverde. At the age of 36, he’s the oldest podium finisher in this Giro so far

Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali of Astana Pro Team changes his bike on the way of the 15th stage of Giro d’Italia cycling race from Castelrotto to Alpe di Siusi, 22 May 2016. ANSA/CLAUDIO PERI

PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Maglia Rosa Steven Kruijswijk: “For me it’s a historic day. I lost the stage by almost nothing but I gained more time that I could have hoped for on my rivals. I never expected to be in the lead at the end of the weekend before the last week. I’m in my best shape ever. As it was a 30-minute time trial, I had to start fast in order to not lose time at the beginning, then I found my rhythm, although the last two kilometers were very hard. I haven’t won the Giro yet but I hope to defend the Maglia Rosa till the end. I’ve got faith in my team, although Chaves, Nibali and Valverde are equally dangerous. I don’t know the coming mountain stages with precision but the last two will be very demanding because of the altitude.”

Stage winner Alexander Foliforov: “I was very nervous during the last minute of the race as I was watching TV. I thought Kruijswijk was going to win. I still cannot believe that I’ve won a stage of the Giro d’Italia! It’s my best distance and uphill time trials are my speciality. I won a similar uphill time trial at the GP Sochi in Russia [over a distance of 10.3km last year] and I came 5th at the Giro della Valle d’Aosta [over 9.2km from Champdepraz to Covarey, behind Fabio Aru, Kenny Elissonde, Joe Dombrowski and Ilnur Zakarin – at the age of 18!]. Today’s victory is very important for the team, our sponsors and me, bearing in mind that we’re a wildcard team. It shows that we can fight and win stages.”

TOMORROW: FINAL REST DAY

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PHOTO CREDIT: ANSA – PERI / DI MEO / ZENNARO

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