Quintana moves ahead after police motorbike blows Giro wide open

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Quintana moves ahead after police motorbike blows Giro wide open

Quintana moves ahead after police motorbike blows Giro wide open

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A stationary police motorbike caused a huge crash at the Giro d'Italia before Nairo Quintana pulled away from his GC rivals.

Nairo Quintana charged to top of the Giro d'Italia general classification on Sunday after an accident with a stray police motorbike ended the hopes of Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates.

Quintana: a mountain legend

Quintana showed his supreme climbing skills on the gruelling ascent of Blockhaus on stage nine as he powered away from the peloton, with only Vincenzo Nibali and Thibaut Pinot able to stay close.

The Colombian broke with seven kilometres remaining and took Nibali and Pinot with him, but they had no response when the 2014 champion kicked again.

Quintana powers to the summit

As the gradients grew over 10 per cent Quintana pushed for home and the pink jersey, the Movistar rider opening up a 28-second lead over Pinot, with Tom Dumoulin third after finishing strongly.

Badly parked police motorbike causes mayhem

His pre-race rivals for the GC are well adrift after Thomas and Yates were involved in a big crash with 13km to go, the British pair left lying on the tarmac after being wiped out by Wilco Kelderman.

There was little the Team Sunweb rider could do to avoid it, though, after clipping a poorly parked police motorbike, with Kelderman falling and taking the GC contenders with him.

Both Yates and Thomas were able to resume the race, but they face an uphill struggle to reel Quintana in now, while Team Sky's other GC hope Mikel Landa is also adrift following the crash.

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