Quintana takes lead after crash-ridden Giro stage

Guillermo Lane
May 15, 2017

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.

The Team Sky rider went into Sunday's stage second overall and was well placed heading into the day's final climb when he was sent sprawling on the tarmac.

Thomas appeared to be suffering from a right shoulder injury and stayed down for several minutes before being able to get back on his bike. My shoulder popped out (of its socket) as well.

The Team Movistar climbing specialist was followed home by Frenchman Thibaut Pinot and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, and that is also the order of the General Classification.

Quintana was in better spirits and said: "I showed that I'm happy with my legs and the legs of my teammates". "The whole team was strong and I was strong".

Nairo Quintana became the second Colombian this year to lead the Giro d'Italia after an impressive victory in the 9th stage.

Not even Italy's own Vincenzo Nibali, a reputed climber, had the strength to keep up and finished one minute and 10 seconds after Quintana.

"I felt good but then I crashed, and my race was over".

Quintana leads second-placed Pinot of France by 28 seconds in the overall standings and third-placed Dumoulin of The Netherlands by 30 seconds. "That's most important for now".

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

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

In a tough finale, there was heartbreak for Conti as his bike slid from beneath him on a hairpin bend on the climb to the finish inside the final kilometre and it was Izagirre who rode away to victory and join his brother Ion as a Grand Tour stage victor, with Visconti second and Sanchez third.

It will see riders undertake a 39.8km individual time trial from Foligno to Montefalco.

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