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Giro Notebook, Stage 16: Stetina vows comeback; Meier hanging tough; snow for Stelvio

Race Notes

The jerseys
Stage winner: Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) wins out of a breakaway
Pink leader: Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) maintains :30 lead to Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda)
Red points: Mark Cavendish (Sky) continues to hold the points jersey, 26 points ahead of Rodríguez
Blue mountains: Matteo Rabottini (Farnese-Selle Italia) defends the KOM jersey
White young: Sergio Henao (Sky) leads teammate Rigoberto Urán by 1:01

Weather: Chance of showers
The pack will dodge a bullet Wednesday as forecasters are calling for fairly pleasant weather. Temperatures in the valleys should be in the high 60s F, with mostly sunny skies and only a 25-percent chance of afternoon showers. It will be cooler on the higher summits, with a higher chance of afternoon showers.

Tomorrow’s stage: Giants of the Dolomites
The 95th Giro clicks into high gear with the first of three high-altitude climbing stages across the Dolomites. The 186km 17th stage starts in Falzes and ends in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the premier ski resort of northern Italy.

In between are four rugged climbs, starting with the Cat. 2 Passo Valparola (14.1km at 5.5 percent) at 71km. That’s followed by the Cat. 1 Passo Duran (12.2km at 8.7 percent) at 127km. The next climbs come in rapid succession, with the Cat. 2 Forcella Staulanza at 148km before the day’s most difficult ascent, up the Cat. 1 Passo Giau (9.9km at 9.3 percent).

There’s a sweeping, 18km descent toward Cortina, where the final two kilometers swing up a pair of switchback corners. The stage might not crown the eventual Giro winner, but it will certainly reveal who has the legs to truly battle through the closing stages with a shot at the podium.

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