Movistar riders controversially joined an attack as Tom Dumoulin, the pink jersey holder, took a comfort break and the Sunweb riders lead over Nairo Quintana dropped to 31 seconds amid gruelling climbs
Sunwebs Tom Dumoulin has retained the pink jersey, albeit with a significantly reduced advantage, after an extraordinary and controversial stage 16 of the Giro dItalia, eventually won by the home rider Vincenzo Nibali.
Dumoulin was left by the Movistar team after their riders joined in an attack while the pink jersey holder briefly left the course and made for a roadside ditch for a comfort break. The incident left observers debating whether riders failed to observe the sports unwritten rules, as competitors would traditionally not attack the overall leader in such circumstances.
Following Mondays rest day the 222km stage from Rovetta and Bormio, taking in a double ascent of the Stelvio, offered stunning scenery but gruelling riding. After his break 33km from the finish, caused by what was described as stomach problems by his team, Dumoulin struggled up the Umbrail Pass, the third major climb of the stage. Yet with his overall lead over Movistars Nairo Quintana threatening to evaporate completely, he rallied to claw back time. He now leads the Colombian by 31sec, down from 2min 41sec when the day began.
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