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Battaglin wins stage 14 as Uran retains lead

ESPN staff
May 25, 2014
Enrico Battaglin pipped Team Sky's Dario Cataldo to victory © Getty Images

Rigoberto Uran kept hold of the pink jersey as Italy's Enrico Battaglin won stage 14 of the Giro d'Italia.

Bardiani Valvole rider Battaglin edged compatriot Dario Cataldo, of Team Sky, in a thrilling finish to the 162km mountain stage from Aglie to Oropa.

Australia's Cadel Evans cut Uran's overall lead to 32 seconds by finishing five seconds ahead of the Colombian.

Nairo Quintana is still more than three minutes back despite gaining 25 seconds on Uran, who delivered a second successive stage win for his team after Marco Canola's victory on Friday.

"I am not used to winning that kind of stage," said Battaglin. "At the beginning I did not think our breakaway could go all the way."

"It was a very tough day," said Omega Pharma - Quick-Step rider Uran. "There are a lot of other mountain stages and the only standings that will matter are the final standings."

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