Giro d’Italia 2018: stage 16 time trial – live!

Anyway, leader in the early runnings today is the British rider Alex Dowsett, who has just stormed into the lead with an impressive time of 40:40, a whopping 24 seconds faster than today’s previous fastest, Mads Pedersen. But Jos Van Emden, less than 6km from the finish, is going to challenge that lead hard.

Afternoon everyone. Sometimes things are simple. And today’s action boils down to one rider against another. One leading, one chasing. One a young-ish outsider, the other a defending champion on familiar ground. Thus is today’s stage set between Simon Yates and Tom Dumoulin. Yates’s sensational performance in winning Sunday’s stage has somewhat upset calculations that Dumoulin’s time-trialling superiority can today wrench him the Pink Jersey, and the British Mitchelton-Scott rider has some time in hand now.

Of course, Yates isn’t much of a time-trialler – it’s somewhat refreshing to hear a top-level sportsman utter the phrase “I’m not very good anyway” – whereas Dumoulin, world individual time trial champion and winner of the opening time trial in the Giro this year, most certainly is. It’ll make for a fascinating conclusion to today’s stage. Elsewhere, Chris Froome is fighting for a place on the podium but he could have his work cut out against the in-form climbers Domenico Pozzovivo and Thibaut Pinot. Today’s stage, a 34.2km schlepp from Trento, south to Roveroto, is largely flat though, despite its Alpine location.

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