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by Matt de Neef
May 15, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) is the rider to beat at the 100th Giro d’Italia after the Colombian climbed into the race lead with a solo victory on the eve of the second rest day.
Quintana’s Movistar teammates rode a high tempo on the stage-ending Blockhaus climb to shed all but the strongest GC contenders, before Quintana attacked no fewer than three times in the final 7km. The first move saw Quintana joined by just Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), the second move yielded little, but the final attack saw Quintana get clear on the climb’s steepest slopes, 4.8km from the line.
By the top, the 2014 Giro winner had put 24 seconds into Pinot and third-placed Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) while Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) was third (0:41) and Nibali had drifted to fifth (1:00). The general classification takes the same order, with Quintana 28 seconds clear of Pinot. Many of the top GC favourites lost large amounts of time on the stage, several because they were caught in a crash caused by a police moto (see more below).
Earlier in the weekend Quintana’s teammate Gorka Izagirre won stage 8 from the breakaway, getting clear of a small group on the short climb to the finish.
The riders of the 2017 Giro will now enjoy their second rest day before tackling the first individual time trial on Tuesday — a lumpy 40km effort from Foligno to Montefalco.