There was a famous face watching when the 18th Stage of the Giro d'Italia got under way on Thursday. Ferrari's Formula One driver Fernando Alonso watched on as the riders set off on a 171km ride from Belluno to Rifugo Panarotta with three leg-burning climbs.
A large part of the race passed off uneventfully until with a little over 20 kilometres to go the riders finally began to make their move. Quick Step's Thomas De Gendt broke away early - the Belgian did the same on Wednesday and like then, it had the same result.
A chasing group containing Trek's Julian Arredondo and Fabio Duarte got close and soon overtook. Overall leader Nairo Quintana of Movistar was in the chasing Peloton close to the leaders, but with his immediate rivals nearby, was content to cruise along in the pack.
Arredondo powered ahead with compatriot Duarte trying, but ultimately failing, to keep the pace. He was on his own as he wobbled across the line to collect the win some 17 seconds ahead of Duarte, with Team Sky's Philip Deignan a further 20 seconds back.
Quintana crossed the line safely along with his rivals and remained 1min 41secs ahead of fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran, with Pierre Roland moving into third place as former race leader Cadel Evans slipped to ninth.
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