Battaglin wins 14th Giro stage; Uran retains lead
Enrico Battaglin wins 14th Giro stage as race hits the mountains; Rigoberto Uran retains lead
Associated Press
2014-05-24 11:42 PM

OROPA, Italy (AP) -- Enrico Battaglin sprinted to victory on a tough uphill finish to claim the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday as the race hit the first of the high mountains.

The Italian came from behind to overtake Jarlinson Pantano and edge out Dario Cataldo on the line at the end of the climb to the sanctuary of Oropa, the scene of Marco Pantani's memorable victory in 1999.

Rigoberto Uran of Colombia retained the overall lead but saw his advantage cut.

It was the second of three stages dedicated to Pantani.

The Italian cyclist won both the Giro and Tour de France in 1998. He was found dead in a hotel room on Valentine's Day in 2004, and a coroner ruled he died from cocaine poisoning.

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