The 2014 Giro D’Italia was one of the most captivating races we’ve seen in recent years. Starting off in Belfast, the 97th Giro was won by the Colombian Nairo Quintana of the Movistar Team, with the second and third places occupied by fellow compatriot Rigoberto Uràn (Omega Pharma - Quick Step) and Italian Fabio Aru (Astana). The Belfast time trial was beset by heavy rain with a huge crash on stage six where only 8 riders managed to avoid the mayhem, the most controversial stage - which featured both the Passo Gavia and the Stelvio on the same day for the first time - was stage 16 where the adverse weather conditions were so difficult that the soon-to-be winner contemplated giving up.
The final stages were marked by the Australian Micheal Rogers (Tinko-Saxoff), who had recently had a doping ban overturned left his imprint on the race by winning both stages 11 and 20 in remarkable fashion. However, Quintana already had one hand on the winner’s trophy and even out sprinted Uràn to finish convincingly.
How was the maglia rosa lost or won?
The Colombian's journey from Belfast to Trieste through the lens of Stefano Sirotti
Colombian claims first Grand Tour title
Quintana remains in pink with one stage remaining
Colombian powers to stage win to stretch overall lead to more than three minutes
Nairo Quintana leads the way as countrymen take charge in Italy
Colombian also takes maximum climbing points to extend blue jersey lead
Bardiani man makes it three victories for wildcard team with popular success
Controversy surrounding descent prompts angry reaction from rival teams
Movistar man profits as weather wreaks havoc on Stelvio
Young Italian claims career best victory; Uran extends lead
Uran stays in pink but loses time to Evans
Break stays clear as Italian scoops prized victory
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