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NAIRO QUINTANA CLIMBS BRILLIANTLY INTO THE MAGLIA ROSA Martello, 27 May 2014 – Stage 1 of the Giro d'Italia, Ponte di Legno – Val Martello (136 km), saw victory for the Colombian Nairo Quintana (Team Movistar) who also took the lead in the General Classification. In a stage affected by poor weather, with snow and freezing temperatures on the Passo Gavia and the Passo dello Stelvio, the overall standings were reshaped by Quintana, the new race leader, 1'41" ahed of Rigoberto Uran (9th in the stage at 4'11") and 3'21" ahead of Cadel Evans (tenth in the stage at 4'48"). Dario Cataldo (Team Sky) crossed the 2758 m Passo dello Stelvio, the Cima Coppi of this year’s Corsa Rosa, in first place. By winning the stage that included the Cima Coppi, Quintana also won the Torriani Prize.

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