Euskaltel's Jon Izagirre accelerated as soon as the road turned up, leaving a struggling break for a solo win today in Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia. The Giro's return to racing was marked by a fast-moving peloton but little in the way of action on the road to Falzes in the northeastern corner of the Alto Adige/Sud Tirol region. Izagirre and nine others held a lead of ten minutes coming to the day's only challenge, a 3km ascent to the line, while the peloton cooled its heels behind. Movistar's Jose Herrada was the first to pick up the pace, but Izagirre laid down the winning attack, and only Androni's Alessandro De Marchi could try to respond. De Marchi was eventually joined by Herrada, Rabobank's Staf Clement and BMC's Matti Frank, but the race was for second by then. Results:
- Jon Izagirre, Euskaltel
- Alessandro De Marchi, Androni, at 0.16
- Staf Clement, Rabobank, s.t.
- Matti Frank, BMC, at 0.19
- Jose Herrada, Movistar, at 0.21
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