"It had been a good attack - said the Estonian runner - too bad that in the end we paid a little".
"We had to try - said sporting director Giuseppe Martinelli - and we were the team stars with the Spanish Movistar. It didn't go well, but we will try again soon. "
The stage was won by the Spanish Alejandro Valverde ahead of Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk which has retained the pink jersey. Nibali is now fourth in the overall standings with a delay of 4 minutes and 43 ".
Tomorrow, seventeenth stage from Molveno in Cassano d'Adda (196km). The first half of the stage is wavy, while the second half is perfectly flat with an arrival suited to the sprinters.