Motorbike collision wipes Orica-Scott and Team Sky out of Giro

Izagirre of Spain signs autographs in front of his hotel before a team training session in Utrecht Netherl

Izagirre of Spain signs autographs in front of his hotel before a team training session in Utrecht Netherl

Nairo Quintana charged to top of the Giro d'Italia general classification on Sunday after an accident with a stray police motorbike ended the hopes of Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates.

The motorbike was stopped on the side of the road and Dutchman Wilco Kelderman shouldered into it, with several riders falling off their bike behind him.

Welshman Thomas and Spanish team-mate Mikel Landa, who were Team Sky's joint leaders for the Giro, suffered major time losses after the crash inside the final 15 kilometres of the 149km stage from Montenero di Bisaccia to Blockhaus.

All three of the overall contenders got back on their bikes but Landa appeared to be in severe pain, Yates had his knee bloodied and Thomas' jersey and shorts were shredded. My shoulder popped out.

As the gradients grew over 10 per cent Quintana pushed for home and the pink jersey, the Movistar rider opening up a 28-second lead over Pinot, with Tom Dumoulin third after finishing strongly.

Quintana, who won the 2014 Giro, went on to ride away from his main rivals up the final climb and finished nicely clear of Pinot, who edged out Dumoulin in a sprint for second. I crashed in a downhill with about 35km to go. I'm very happy that I won.

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Quintana dedicated his victory to 2011 Giro champion Michele Scarponi, who died after a collision with a van while training last month.

Not even Italy's own Vincenzo Nibali, a reputed climber, had the strength to keep up and finished one minute and 10 seconds after Quintana.

Having started the day in second place, he now finds himself 5min 14sec behind Quintana in 17th. "That's most important for now".

Thomas began the day six seconds behind Bob Jungels (QuickStep-Floors) in the overall rankings, with Yates four seconds further back in third.

The stage marked the 50th anniversary of Eddy Merckx's first Grand Tour victory in a stage at Blockhaus, which is located in the Abruzzo region.

It will see riders undertake a 39.8km individual time trial from Foligno to Montefalco.

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