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Quintana takes Giro lead as crash affects other contenders

May 14, 2017
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali crosses the finish line to complete the eighth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Molfetta to Peschici, Saturday, May 13, 2017. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)

ROCCAMORICE, Italy (AP) — Nairo Quintana rode away from his main rivals up the grueling climb to Blockhaus to win the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia and take the leader’s pink jersey in a leg that was marred by a mass crash involving a police motorbike.

The crash Sunday virtually ended the overall title hopes of Sky teammates Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, plus Orica-Scott’s Adam Yates.

Quintana, the Colombian who won the 2014 Giro, finished 24 seconds ahead of Thibaut Pinot of France, who edged Tom Dumoulin in a sprint for second.

Bauke Mollema crossed fourth and two-time Giro champion Vincenzo Nibali came fifth.

In the overall standings, Quintana leads Pinot by 28 seconds and Dumoulin by 30 seconds. Mollema is fourth, 51 seconds behind, and Nibali is fifth, 1:10 back.

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