FABIO ARU of Italy claimed a solo victory on the tough uphill finish to Montecampione in the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia for his first Grand Tour victory.
Aru made his move with 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) remaining and finished 21 seconds ahead of Fabio Duarte. Nairo Quintana edged out Pierre Rolland for third place, 22 seconds behind.
The 23-year-old Aru also cut into Rigoberto Uran’s overall lead and is now fourth - 2 minutes, 24 seconds behind the Colombian.
Uran extended his advantage over his closest challengers and is 1:03 ahead of Cadel Evans and 1:50 ahead of Rafal Majka.
The stage was mainly flat along the 225-kilometer (140-mile) route from Valdengo before the final long and steep climb.
The break of the day was formed of 12 riders and it had 10 minutes with 78 kilometers (48.5 miles) remaining, before the peloton — driven by Nero Sottoli — started to reel them in.
The escapees had an advantage of 2:24 at the base of the climb, where Australian Adam Hansen was the first to make a move.
He was joined first by Andre Cardoso and then Fabio Felline and Rodolfo Torres, as Julian Arredondo attacked from the peloton.
They had less than a minute lead with 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) remaining.
Arredondo took over the lead with Cardoso but the duo were caught and immediately passed by Philip Deignan, who had a 20-second advantage with 5 kilometers (3 miles) remaining.
Rolland attacked and caught up with Deignan and the pair had an advantage of 36 seconds before Aru made his move, bringing Uran with him. Quintana and Duarte also attacked and the quartet caught the leading duo. Aru then attacked again, chased by Duarte, Quintana and Rolland as Uran dropped off, after deciding he couldn’t keep up with the pace.
Today sees the third and final rest day of this year’s Giro before arguably its toughest stage, with the iconic climbs up the Stelvio and Gabbia - weather permitting.