Carlos Sastre wins key 16th stage of Giro

Cycling: 100th Giro d'Italia 2009 / Stage 16

Sastre, the defending Tour de France champion from Spain, clocked a marathon-like 7 hours, 11 minutes, 54 seconds over the lengthy 147-mile leg from Pergola to Monte Petrano, over three major climbs.

“I knew I had a chance to do something today and I did,” Sastre said. “This was the toughest stage of this year’s Giro.”

Sastre also won the most difficult stage in last year’s Tour, at Alpe d’Huez.

Danilo Di Luca crossed third, 26 seconds after Sastre, and Menchov increased his lead over Di Luca to 39 seconds. Sastre moved into third overall, 2:19 back.


Tess Weaver


May 27, 2009