Stefano Pirazzi wins from breakaway on Giro d'Italia stage 17

Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) takes victory on stage 17 of the 2014 Giro d'Italia from a breakaway as favourites call a ceasefire on transition stage

Stefano Pirazzi wins stage seventeen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: watson)

Stefano Pirazzi took his Bardiani-CSF team's third stage win in this year's Giro d'Italia with a hard fought victory from a breakaway on a classic transition stage.

The pugnacious Italian, part of an initial 25 strong breakaway that took two hours to form, attacked from a five man splinter group under the 1km to go banner and narrowly held off the four chasers as he crossed the line with a roar and a punch to the air.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.