Giro d’Italia #19: O’Connor abandons after crash following a strong showing in first World Tour

The Queen stage of the Giro d’Italia was won by Chris Froome (Team Sky), ahead of Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).

Today’s Queen stage was a 184km stage running from Venaria Reale to Bardonecchia. It included the Colle delle Finestre, with it’s gravel roads and 18.5kms at 9.2% average gradient.

The first half of racing included plenty of attacks and a small group eventually went up the road. As they started the climb to Colle delle Finestre, the break crumbled and were eventually overtaken on the climb by the GC group, including Ben O’Connor for Team Dimension Data. As Team Sky picked up the tempo, they dropped Simon Yates (Maglia Rosa) before an attack by Froome split the remaining group.

Froome emphatically soloed to victory ahead of Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Froome, with his solo attack from 80kms out, has taken the lead in general classification.

It was heartbreak for Team Dimension for Qhubeka and Ben O’Connor today as our Aussie crashed on the descent of Sestriere, and had to abandon the race. A full update will be provided once he has been assessed by our medical team.

O’Connor had ridden a tenacious race, with this being the young Australian’s first Grand Tour. He was 12th in the GC before the start of today’s stage and third in the young rider’s classification.