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Zakarin wins 11th stage of Giro


Zakarin wins 11th stage of Giro

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IMOLA, Italy (AP) –Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin won the rainy 11th stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race on Wednesday, and Alberto Contador retained the overall leader’s pink jersey.

Zakarin, who recently won the Tour de Romandie, got in an early breakaway then launched a solo attack with 25 kilometres (15 miles) to go.

The Katusha rider finished in less than four hours over the hilly 153-kilometre (95-mile) leg from Forli to Imola, which ended on the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racing car circuit that formerly hosted the San Marino Grand Prix.

The 12th stage on Thursday is a mostly flat 190-kilometre (118-mile) leg from Imola to Vicenza, featuring one Category 3 climb and two Category 4 ascents – one of them at the finish.

The 98th Giro ends on May 31 in Milan.