The first of three stages of the 2014 Giro d’Italia dedicated to the memory of Marco Pantani delivered an exciting uphill finish.
Julien Arredondo (Trek), like Pantani, a diminutive climber, almost rode to a memorable stage victory, but was passed 1,500m from home by Pierre Rolland, a former holder of the Tour de France King of the Mountains jersey.
But just when it appeared that the Frenchman might seal a hugely impressive victory, he succumbed to a late flurry of attacks that saw the lead change hands four times in the final 350m.
Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.