Nairo Quintana and Movistar Team get over Giro stage 17 with no incidents, keeping the maglia rosa before three decisive mountain stages from Thursday.

208 kilometers with no single trouble were the best way for Nairo Quintana and the Movistar Team to take over the 'de iure' leadership in the Giro d'Italia, in the last flat day before three demanding mountain stages the Corsa Rosa's peloton will tackle before the 'Grande Arrivo' in Trieste on Sunday.

After almost two hours of racing full of attacks, covered at over 50 kph average, the telephone squad, which always kept the front with Ventoso, Malori and Amador, let a 26-rider move go away with one of the Blues, Igor Antón -who was later drop and couldn't contest the win-. The attempt, shrunk to five riders after the Muro di Ca' del Poggio (Cat-4), 20km from the finish, saw Stefano Pirazzi (BAR) raising his arms victorious after a well-timed attack before the last kilometer.

More than fifteen minutes behind, with extreme caution due to the last sections wet by storms, the bunch arrived including a calm Quintana, securing a second day in maglia rosa after a transition stage preceeding the colossus scheduled for Thursday: San Pellegrino (Cat-1), almost from the start; Redebus (Cat-2); and the Rifugio Panarotta (Cat-1), end for the 171km stage eighteen from Belluno.

Giro d'Italia

Results / Stage 17

28/5/2014

Stage results

Riders overall

  • 1st    Pirazzi   (BAR)   4.38.11
  • 2nd    Wellens   (LTB)   m.t.
  • 3rd    McCarthy   (TCS)   m.t.
  • 4th    De Gendt   (OPQ)   m.t.
  • 5th    Montaguti   (ALM)   m.t.

Movistar Team results

  • 25th    Igor Antón   2.10
  • 34th    Fran Ventoso   15.36
  • 41st    Jonathan Castroviejo   m.t.
  • 47th    Nairo Quintana   m.t.
  • 69th    Andrey Amador   m.t.
  • 88th    José Herrada   m.t.
  • 95th    Gorka Izagirre   m.t.
  • 115th    Eros Capecchi   m.t.
  • 119th    Adriano Malori   m.t.
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