Nairo Quintana Leads Giro d'Italia After Crash

Audrey Hill
May 15, 2017

Welshman Geraint Thomas' hopes of winning the Giro d'Italia suffered a catastrophic blow as he was involved in a devastating crash caused by a police motorbike on stage nine of the tour, which was won by the pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana.

Dutchman Wilco Kelderman crashed into it, and several riders fell off their bikes behind him, including Team Sky's Thomas, second overall at the start of the day, his team mate Mikel Landa, and Yates (Orica-Scott), who began the day third.

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, who hurt his right shoulder, needed a couple of minutes to get back on his bike. My shoulder popped out as well.

Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali was also dealt a big knock when he cracked on the final climb, a punishing 13.6-km ascent up the Blockhaus.

Pinot limited the damage to take second place, finishing just ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), 24 seconds off the pace. I'm very happy that I won. "The whole team was strong and I was strong". I felt good but then I crashed and that was it - race over.

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

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Nibali was fifth, 59 seconds behind Quintana. "That's most important for now".

Yates finished four minutes and 38 seconds behind and Thomas's ordeal ended 5:07 after stage victor and race leader Nairo Quintana had crossed the line.

Jungels fell the 12th place in the general classification, while Pinot and Dumoulin were able to stay within half a minute of Quintana.

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

Entering the stage, Thomas stood second overall and Yates was third.

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

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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