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Giulio Ciccone won stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia after seeing off Czech Republic rival Jan Hirt

Giulio Ciccone wins stage 16 as Richard Carapaz stretches lead in the Giro d'Italia

  • Italian Giulio Ciccone claimed victory on stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia
  • Compatriot Vincenzo Nibali climbed to second in the general classification
  • Overall leader Richard Carapaz saw his lead extended by one minute on Tuesday
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Giulio Ciccone won stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia after seeing off Czech Republic challenger Jan Hirt.

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The Italian, who competes for Trek-Segafredo, edged out Astana rider Hirt in a sprint for the line following a 194km alpine stage from Lovere that was accompanied by mist and often heavy rain.

Overall leader Richard Carapaz tightened his grip on the race, though, holding a lead or one minute, 47 seconds from second-placed Vincenzo Nibali, with Primoz Roglic in third.

Giulio Ciccone won stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia after seeing off Czech Republic rival Jan Hirt

Giulio Ciccone won stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia after seeing off Czech Republic rival Jan Hirt

It was a particularly tough day for Slovenian Roglic, who dropped a place after struggling to make an impact on the grueling mountainous terrain and is now more than two minutes behind Carapaz.

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Carapaz finished sixth, just behind Britain's Hugh Carthy, while Ciccone extended his lead in the mountains classification ahead or Wednesday's 181km stage from Commezzadura to Anterselva Antholz.

Carthy's fellow British challenger Simon Yates holds an eighth spot in the overall classification – six minutes, 46 seconds adrift of Carapaz.

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