Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Giro d'Italia: Pirazzi gives Italian crowd plenty to cheer

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, ITALY - MARCH 13:  Stefano Pirazzi of Colnago CSF Inox Team during the stage seven of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico on March 13, 2012 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, ITALY - MARCH 13: Stefano Pirazzi of Colnago CSF Inox Team during the stage seven of the 2012 Tirreno-Adriatico on March 13, 2012 in San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy. (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)

Stefano Pirazzi delighted the home fans by winning stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia in Vittorio Veneto yesterday.

The Italian showed just what victory meant to him by breaking down in tears at the finish.

The 27-year-old was part of a five-man break, making his move late to earn the first Giro stage win of his career.

It was the Bardiani team's third stage win of this year's Giro.

Nairo Quintana retained the overall leader's pink jersey, the Colombian having a lead of one minute 41 seconds over his compatriot Rigoberto Uran.

The Movistar rider maintained his 3:21 gap to third-placed Cadel Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner.

Quintana remained the centre of controversy over his actions on Tuesday when he took the lead partly as a result of making up time during a descent that many teams believed had been neutralised.

That meant some riders had not raced the section because of safety concerns.

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