(Reuters) -Colombian Egan Bernal won stage 16 of the Giro d’Italia on Monday to crimson meat up his grip on the final leader’s Maglia Rosa, as sinister weather stipulations compelled the hotfoot from Sacile to Cortina d’Ampezzo to be shortened from 212km to 155km.

Cool, wet and snowy stipulations ended in the resolution to shorten the stage as two high-altitude climbs on the Fedaia and Pordoi passes had been reduce from the hotfoot.

Nonetheless the Ineos Grenadiers rider battled against the aspects to entire 27 seconds ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet and Italy’s Damiano Caruso.

“I wished to placed on a gift. Right here’s the more or much less biking I worship, when it is wet and chilly and you wish grit,” Bernal stated.

“I wished to carry out one thing particular. It’s unhealthy however I thought I could well carry out it, and the physique of workers believed in me.”

Bernal now has a lead of two minutes and 24 seconds over 2nd-placed Caruso in the in vogue classification rankings.

British Maglia Rosa hopeful Simon Yates misplaced two minutes and 36 seconds on Bernal in the Dolomites, ending 11th in the stage to drop from 2nd to fifth general, four minutes and 20 seconds leisurely the Colombian.

Bernal now has a lead of two minutes and 24 seconds over 2nd-placed Caruso in the in vogue classification rankings.

Britain’s Hugh Carthy and Russia’s Aleksander Vlasov are third and fourth, with gaps of three minutes 40 seconds and four minutes 18 seconds respectively.

The uncomfortable weather furthermore impacted the tv coverage, because the plane that transmits the signal become as soon as unable to bewitch off and digicam helicopters could well now not cruise.

Bernal’s descent from the two,236-metre summit of the Passo Giau – the supreme point in the Giro – to the close line therefore went unseen by those watching from afar.

The 24-Twelve months-primitive surged previous Antonio Pedrero to bewitch the lead with 21 kilometres to head and by the point he seemed in Cortina d’Ampezzo he become as soon as all on my own.

He even took the time to bewitch away his rain jacket and relate their very have praises the leader’s purple jersey sooner than crossing the close line.

There is a leisure day on Tuesday sooner than stage 17 on Wednesday, a 193km journey from Canazei to Sega di Ala.

(Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Bettering by Hugh Lawson)

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