Giro d'Italia Stage 16 LIVE

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Pote di Legno - Val Martello 139 km

Have you ever seen such a thing of beauty. Two massive climbs and then a finishing climb that is unexplored territory.Val Martello offers 22 km of pretty irregular climbing in a tough final challenge. Today has every chance to be a day to remember.

Amy's wine tip for the day: Georg Mumelter Griesbauerhof Santa Maddalena Classico 2012

I love the wines from this area. You can read more about the wines and the area from Wolfgang Weber, here. From the article "The inhabitants of Alto Adige, Italy's premier alpine wine region, are a proud, almost stoic mountain people, with a distinctive Germanic culture. German is the primary language here, and the scenery - high alpine meadows, towering granite peaks and broad river valleys - recalls neighboring Austria more than Italy. . . . When it comes to the numbers, red varieties take a backseat, with two notable exceptions: Schiava and Lagrein"

It is those two reds that I can not get enough of lately. I like the Widmann Vernatsch, so much that I almost chose it for today, despite the fact that it was a Giro wine last year.  Instead, a blend of Schiava, with some Lagrein. Garnet colored and smooth with black cherry and strawberries. Light and very easy to drink. I'd like a case, please.

Il Big del Giorno: Nairo Quintana

His illness had just gone away and now they say he has an ear infection? I'm not buying it and say he goes on a rampage today.

Official site , Stageinfo , Startlist , Final climb:

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