Ilnur Zakarin takes solo win in rainy Imola on stage 11 of Giro d'Italia

Katusha's Ilnur Zakarin wins stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia by 53 seconds over his breakaway compatriots - Alberto Contador remains in pink

(Image credit: DANIEL DAL ZENNARO)

Katusha's Ilnur Zakarin sprung clear from the 10-man breakaway with 20km to go to take victory in stage 11 of the Giro d'Italia on a wet Imola race circuit.

The Russian, who won the overall title at the Tour of Romandie before the Giro, forged a lead of over a minute over his breakaway compatriots in those final kilometres, with the peloton unable to reel any of them in.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.