Cycling

Aru wins Giro 15th stage

Fabio Aru (AP Photo)
Fabio Aru (AP Photo)

Montecampione - Young Italian climber Fabio Aru came home alone to win the Giro d'Italia's 15th stage on Sunday, with Colombian Rigoberto Uran retaining the overall leader's pink jersey.

At the 1665 metre finish at Montecampione, Aru crossed the line with a 21sec gap back to Colombian Fabio Duarte.

The 23-year-old Aru was celebrating his first career success.

Third-place went to his compatriot Mairo Quintana, who made up 20sec on Uran in the standings to lie fifth, 2min40 off the pacesetter.

Uran took fifth in this 225km ride from Oropa to the summit where late Italian climbing specialist Marco Pantani had duelled with Russian Pavel Tonkov on his way to victory in 1998.

Results from Giro d'Italia (Valdengo - Plan di Montecampione, 225 km)

1. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) 5:33:05" 2. Fabio Duarte (Colombia / Colombia) +21" 3. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +23" 4. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) 5. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +42" 6. Rafal Majka (Poland / Tinkoff - Saxo) +57" 7. Franco Pellizotti (Italy / Androni Giocattoli) +1:08" 8. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) 9. Ryder Hesjedal (Canada / Garmin) +1:13" 10. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) 11. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin) 12. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) 13. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / Trek) 14. Philip Deignan (Ireland / Team Sky) 15. Ivan Basso (Italy / Cannondale) +2:17" 16. Steve Morabito (Switzerland / BMC Racing) 17. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +3:13" 18. Andre Cardoso (Portugal / Garmin) 19. Alexandre Geniez (France / FDJ.fr) +3:19" 20. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R) 21. Jose Herrada (Spain / Movistar) +3:30" 22. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / BMC Racing) +3:39"

Classification from Giro d'Italia after Stage 15

1. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 63:26:39" 2. Cadel Evans (Australia / BMC Racing) +1:03" 3. Rafal Majka (Poland / Tinkoff - Saxo) +1:50" 4. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana) +2:24" 5. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +2:40" 6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +2:42" 7. Wilco Kelderman (Netherlands / Belkin) +3:04" 8. Pierre Rolland (France / Europcar) +4:47" 9. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / Trek) +5:44" 10. Wout Poels (Netherlands / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +6:32"

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