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Stefano Pirazzi takes Giro d'Italia stage as Nairo Quintana retains pink jersey

Updated: Wednesday, 28 May 2014 17:13 | Comments

Stefano Pirazzi was in tears after his stage win
Stefano Pirazzi was in tears after his stage win

Italian Stefano Pirazzi won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as the top guns stayed quiet following Tuesday's chaotic ride.             

Pirazzi prevailed at the end of a 208km trek from Sarnonico, beating breakaway companion Tim Wellens of Belgium and Australian Jay McCarthy to hand his Bardiani team their third win of this year's Giro.             

Overall leaders Nairo Quintana, who took over from fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran in controversial circumstances on Tuesday, finished safe in the pack 15:36 behind the winner.         

He still leads Uran by 1:41 with Australian Cadel Evans in third place overall, 3:21 off the pace.

On Tuesday, Quintana seized the lead by winning the stage after breaking clear in a descent which some teams thought had been neutralised by organisers because of bad weather conditions.

Philip Deignan was among the second bunch home as it finished 28 seconds after the leaders. He recorded a 16th-place finish to move up to 42nd in general classification.

Nicolas Roche finished in the peloton and dropped once place overall to 33rd. 

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