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Nairo Quintana unmatched on the summit finish to Blockhaus on stage nine of the Giro d'Italia

Jack Elton-Walters
14 May 2017

The big news of the day happened earlier in the stage when a moto incident took out some of the favourites

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was unmatched on the upper slopes of the Blockhaus climb as he won stage nine of the Giro d'Italia and moved into the overall lead.

On terms for the initially moves from Quintana were Thinaut Pinot (FDJ) and, for a short while, defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida).

Pinot left Nibali behind with around 3.5km to go, and the Italian's day got quickly worse as he was passed and dropped by the Dutch contingent of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).

Pinot started to fight his bike and the gradient just as the Dutch duo rode onto his wheel, where they sat briefly before the Frenchman caught his breath and forged ahead solo once more.

That move did for Mollema but Dumoulin got back to Pinot and rode with him to the finish line.

Pinot won that second place sprint and with it gained a six second bonus, Dumoulin grabbed four bonus seconds.

Quintana will carry the pink jersey into the rest day but could surrender some of his advantage to better time triallists as the riders take on 39.2km against the clock the following day.

Geraint Thomas at the end of the stage. Photo: Press Sport/Offside

The big news of the day

This was all secondary to the big incident of the day, which occurred with 14.3km left to race. A police motocycle was positioned on the side of a narrow road as the riders fought for position, a Sunweb rider clipped the moto and was sent across into the riders around him.

Included in those to go down in the incident were Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa, Team Sky's co-leaders, and with 10km left to the summit finish they were 2-45 down.

The other Team Sky riders rallied around and paced their team principles up the steep climb in the hope of minimising any time losses.

As Quintana initially went clear, further down the climb some of the other big names were soon in trouble.

Pink jersy Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) was one of the first to get dropped and soon Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) was going backwards too.

Adam Yates (Orica-Scott), who was involved in the moto incident, came in 4-37 down on Quintana and Thomas finished a further 30 seconds back. Both are now all but out of contention for the podium.

Earlier there had been a breakaway. It contained Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) and was all done with 22km to go.

Nairo Quintana put down an early marker for the overall win. Photo: Press Sport/Offside