Colombian Nairo Quintana Wins The Giro d’Italia

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MILAN, June 01, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana became the first Colombian winner of the Giro d'Italia as Slovenian Luka Mezgec won Sunday's 21st and final stage. Movistar's Quintana, who was second at last year's Tour de France, headed a Colombian one-two with Rigoberto Uran finishing second and 23-year-old Italian Fabio Aru, the revelation of the race, third. Mezgec of Giant-Shimano, … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 20 Attacks The Historic Zoncolan

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MONTE ZONCOLAN, Italy, May 31, 2014 (AFP) - Nairo Quintana of Colombia is certain of Giro d'Italia victory barring any final stage disaster after preserving his handsome lead in Saturday's penultimate 20th stage won by Australia's Michael Rogers. Quintana came home in a pack ahead of his closest rival Rigoberto Uran and carries a 3min 7sec lead into Sunday's closing 172km flat run. … [Read more...]

Quintana Defends At Giro d’Italia Stage 19 TT

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MONTE GRAPPA , Italy, May 30, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Nairo Quintana, wearing the leader's pink jersey, closed in on victory by winning the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia on the slopes of Monte Grappa on Friday. The Movistar rider consolidated his race lead two days before the finish as he crossed 17sec ahead of Italy's Fabio Aru following a 26.8km time-trial. Colombian Rigoberto … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia, Stage 18: Cadel Evans Looks Ahead

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans said he hopes to make up time lost in Thursday's mountain-top finish at the Giro d'Italia in Friday's uphill time trial and Saturday's last summit finish of the three-week race. Not Giving Up Evans finished 21st on the 171-kilometer stage and slipped from third to ninth overall, 4:59 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) as Julian Arredondo (Trek … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 18 Heads For The Mountians

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MILAN, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - King of the mountains leader Julian Arredondo won the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday as fellow Colombian Nairo Quintana held onto the overall race lead. Trek's Arredondo broke clear of an escape group in the final 4km and held off another compatriot, Fabio Duarte, to claim his maiden victory in the race. "I've been trying since the start to … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 17 See’s Another Break Success

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MILAN, May 28, 2014 (AFP) - Italian Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) held off a small group of chasers in the home straight to claim his maiden Giro d'Italia victory from the race's 17th stage on Wednesday. Race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) crossed the finish line with the main peloton and his closest rivals nearly 15 minutes later following a 208km trek from Sarnonico to Vittorio … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia, Stage 17: Oss In The Breakaway

BMC Racing Team's Daniel Oss rode as part of a breakaway of more than two dozen riders Wednesday at the Giro d'Italia on a stage that saw no change at the top of the standings for teammate Cadel Evans, who remained third overall. Chased Hard Until The End Oss attacked several times but could not make the decisive selection of five riders who made their move on the last of three categorized … [Read more...]

Nairo Quintana Climbs Into The Pink Jersey

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MILAN, May 27, 2014 (AFP) - Colombian climber Nairo Quintana completed an epic day of racing on the Giro d'Italia by claiming victory on a controversy-hit 16th stage and the race leader's jersey from compatriot Rigoberto Uran. Quintana's hopes of competing for the overall title this year suffered a blow when he tumbled down the standings to 3min 29sec behind Uran after the first two … [Read more...]

Enrico Battaglin Snatched Victory At Giro d’Italia Stage 14

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OROPA, Italy, May 24, 2014 (AFP) - Italy's Enrico Battaglin of the Bardiani team snatched victory in the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, a 164km mountain run from Aglie to Oropa. Race leader Colombian Rigoberto Uran of Omega Pharma lost ground in the gruelling final 11.8km climb but managed to hold the pink jersey ahead of Australian Cadel Evans. It was the first stage … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia Stage 12 Time Trial See’s Pink Jersey Change

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BAROLO, Italy, May 22, 2014 (AFP) - Colombia's Rigoberto Uran won stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, taking control of the leader's pink jersey from Cadel Evans following a 41.9-kilometre time-trial. While Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider Uran claimed his first individual time-trial success after posting a best time of 57min 34sec, Australian Evans endured a difficult day in the … [Read more...]