Wednesday 20 September 2017

Rolland powers clear to claim victory

Pierre Rolland of team Cannondale-Drapac celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia, from Tirano to Canazei. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Pierre Rolland of team Cannondale-Drapac celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the 100th Giro d'Italia, from Tirano to Canazei. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Pierre Rolland broke clear to claim a superb win in stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia.

The Frenchman got clear of the pack eight kilometres from the end of the 219km stage and was not challenged as he powered to victory to secure Cannondale-Drapac's first Grand Tour stage win in two years.

"I waited for this moment for such a long time," he said.

Rolland came in 24 seconds ahead of the rest of field headed by Rui Costa, Gorka Izaguirre and Rory Sutherland.

Tom Dumoulin retains a 31-second lead over Nairo Quintana in the overall standings.

Meanwhile, Irish rider Martyn Irvine is facing up to six weeks out of action after suffering a hairline fracture of his right hip. The Aqua Blue Sport rider crashed out of yesterday's first stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

Irish Independent

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport