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Track cyclist Kluge takes Giro stage; Kruijswijk keeps lead

German rider Roger Kluge uses his track cycling experience to take the biggest victory of his road career, winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia with a well-timed counterattack

Track cyclist Kluge takes Giro stage; Kruijswijk keeps lead

CASSANO D'ADDA, Italy (AP) -- German rider Roger Kluge used his track cycling experience to take the biggest victory of his road career, winning the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday with a well-timed counterattack.

Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands had little trouble protecting his 3-minute lead over Esteban Chaves on the mostly flat 196-kilometer (122-mile) leg from Molveno to Cassano d'Adda.

Kluge responded to an attack from Filippo Pozzato in the final kilometer (mile) and the IAM team rider easily overtook the Italian on the final straight to hold off the sprinting favorites.

The 30-year-old Kluge won a silver medal in the points race at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also took silver in the omnium at this year's track worlds and a gold in the omnium at the 2010 European Championships.


Updated : 2021-04-17 21:49 GMT+08:00