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Quintana virtually clinches Giro title
Nairo Quintana virtually clinches Giro title; fan interruption helps Michael Rogers win stage
Associated Press
2014-05-31 11:42 PM

MONTE ZONCOLAN, Italy (AP) -- Nairo Quintana virtually clinched the Giro d'Italia title Saturday with a strong ride up the demanding Monte Zoncolan, while Michael Rogers benefited from a fan interruption to post his second stage victory of the race.

Francesco Manuel Bongiorno was right on Rogers' wheel with three kilometers (two miles) to go when a fan pushed him hard enough on the back that he had to break to avoid hitting Rogers and took his left foot off the pedal.

By the time Bongiorno got going again, Rogers had already opened up a significant lead.

Rogers, an Australian with Tinkoff-Saxo, clocked 4 hours, 41 minutes, 55 seconds over the 167-kilometer (104-mile) leg, which started in Maniago.

Quintana's 3:07 lead ahead of fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran remained unchanged entering Sunday's final stage.

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