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STAGE 18: Early break pays off for Julian Arredondo as he takes solo victory

Julian Arredondo of Colombia receives the kisses of the race's hostesses as he celebrates on the podium after winning the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta

Julian Arredondo of Colombia receives the kisses of the race's hostesses as he celebrates on the podium after winning the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta

 

Julián Arredondo took a superb solo victory at the Rifugio Panarotta on stage 18 of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday.

Having got into the break that formed on the first climb of the day the 26-year-old Trek Factory Racing rider also led over the next climb and was not to be denied on the final ascent.

Arredondo had tried to go clear twice when he jumped clear with 4km remaining. Although chased all the way to the line by fellow Colombian Fabio Duarte, Arredondo had enough of a buffer.

Sky’s Philip Deignan produced another strong ride to finish third behind Duarte.

Of the main contenders Cadel Evans was the day’s big loser. Dropped five kilometres from the finish, the Australian ceded third place to Europcar’s Pierre Rolland.

Rolland’s advantage in third place is a narrow one, though, as Astana’s Fabio Aru gained a handful of seconds with a final surge up to the line and now lies just two seconds behind him in fourth, with Rafal Majka on the same time in fifth.

Race leader Nairo Quintana finished just behind Aru.

 

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