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Nibali keeps pink as Intxausti wins stage 16

Benat Intxausti races to 16th stage Giro win as Italian Vincenzo Nibali remains 1min 26sec ahead of Cadel Evans.

Last Modified: 21 May 2013 16:38
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Nibali has kept his lead intact but anything could happen in the race that ends on May 26th [EPA]

Astana's Vincenzo Nibali kept possession of the Giro d'Italia race leader's pink jersey for another night after a strong showing in Tuesday's 16th stage.

Benat Intxausti of Spain, riding for the Movistar team, won the stage, a 238km ride from the French resort of Valloire, in 5hr 52.48min.

Intxausti beat Estonian Tanel Kangert into second in a sprint finish, with Nibali and his rivals in the general classification, Australian Cadel Evans and Colombian Rigoberto Uran, coming in as part of the same peloton 14sec behind.

Evans stands 1min 26sec off Nibali, with Uran 2.46 off the Italian's pace.

The big loser of the day's racing was Mauro Santambrogi, the Vcini Fantini rider starting in fourth overall but losing more than two minutes.

A 22-rider breakaway formed several times in the ascent of Mont-Cenis mountain frontier between France and Italy, Nibali and his team content to hand them a lead that once stretched to almost five minutes.

But they were eventually reeled back in with 20km to race, with Astana taking up the lead.

Evans and Uran reeled in Nibali's group 11.5km from the finish after the Italian had gone on the attack down a spectacular descent that featured a series of hairpin turns 

Kangert then attacked and at the 6km mark took with him Intxausti, Lampre's Polish rider Przemyslaw Niemiec and Dutchman Robert Gesink, who was later knocked out of the equation with a flat tyre.

Intxausti, competing in the Giro for a third time, took his moment perfectly for the a first-ever stage win on a Grand Tour.

The 17th stage on Wednesday sees the riders tackle a 214km course between Caravaggio and Vincenza, before three testing stages.

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