Giro d'Italia: Ben O'Connor wins stage 17 atop Madonna di Campiglio
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One day after being denied in San Daniele del Friuli, NTT's Ben O'Connor finally claimed his first Grand Tour victory on stage 17 of the Giro d'Italia as the bright sun began to set atop the Madonna di Campiglio.
The Australian, part of a large day-long breakaway, attacked the remains of the move with eight kilometres to climb to the summit and held off a furtive chase by Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain McLaren), who tried but failed to close down what started as a 22-second gap but expanded to 31 at the line.
Ilnur Zakarin (CCC Team) and Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), unable to respond to O'Connor's attack on the steepest section, battled for the final stage podium spot, with De Gendt coming out on top as the maglia rosa group was still on the lower slopes of the 12.5km climb.
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