Pirazzi wins Giro stage, Quintana retains pink jersey

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Posted: May 28, 2014 11:39 AM

VITTORIO VENETO Italy (Reuters) - Italian Stefano Pirazzi won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as the top guns stayed quiet following Tuesday's chaotic ride.

Pirazzi prevailed at the end of a 208km trek from Sarnonico, beating breakaway companion Tim Wellens of Belgium and Australian Jay McCarthy to hand his Bardiani team their third win of this year's Giro.

Overall leaders Nairo Quintana, who took over from fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran in controversial circumstances on Tuesday, finished safe in the pack 15:36 behind the winner.

He still leads Uran by 1:41 with Australian Cadel Evans in third place overall, 3:21 off the pace.

On Tuesday, Quintana seized the lead by winning the stage after breaking clear in a descent which some teams thought had been neutralized by organisers because of bad weather conditions.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris)