Quintana takes lead after crash-ridden Giro stage

Mandy Carr
May 15, 2017

Quintana stamped his authority on the Giro when he claimed the overall lead by winning the first big mountain stage, while defending champion Vincenzo Nibali was dealt a big knock when he cracked on the climb.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Orica-Scott's Adam Yates were both grounded in a crash at the foot of the final climb, where a police motorbike stopped at the side of the road caused a major pile-up.

Quintana, the Colombian who won the 2014 Giro and was twice runner-up in the Tour de France, finished 24 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France, who edged Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands in a sprint for second.

Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) is 51 seconds behind in fourth and Nibali is fifth, 1min 10secs behind.

"That shouldn't happen. We were all racing to the bottom of the climb, and next thing I know someone hits a moto and we go down".

Jungels commented: "I didn't really expect Mikel Landa to attack but I think it was a move to challenge the other teams. That's most important for now".

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Thomas, who appeared to be suffering from a right shoulder injury, needed a couple of minutes to get back on his bike.

Quintana dedicated his victory to 2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi, who died after a collision with a van while training last month.

His pre-race rivals for the GC are well adrift after Thomas and Yates were involved in a big crash with 13km to go, the British pair left lying on the tarmac after being wiped out by Wilco Kelderman. My shoulder popped out as well.

Having started the day in second place, he now finds himself 5min 14sec behind Quintana in 17th.

Thomas was able to resume the race, but as Nairo Quintana stretched away atop Blockhaus, the Welshman could only come home five minutes down - all but ending his GC chances.

Thomas began the day six seconds behind Bob Jungels (QuickStep-Floors) in the overall rankings, with Yates four seconds further back in third.

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