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Chaos strikes in 16th Giro stage

CYCLING: Colombia’s Nairo Quintana battled through treacherous conditions to win the 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello and take the overall leader’s pink jersey from compatriot Rigoberto Uran.

Finishing eight seconds ahead of Canadian runner-up Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp), Quintana (Movistar) established an advantage of one minute and 41 seconds over second-placed Uran (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), whom he had trailed by two minutes and 40 seconds at the start of the day.

However, there was plenty of unhappiness at the stage being allowed to go ahead given the snow and rain those taking part had to ride through. And to add to the sense of chaos, a message on the race’s official Twitter feed emerged mid-stage saying the descent of the Passo dello Stelvio was to be neutralised, only for another one to appear later saying that was in fact not the case.

Oleg Tinkov, owner of Team Tinkoff-Saxo, reacted by writing on Twitter: “Is there any fair play in cycling? #Mess #Scandal.”

Mercedes accident

FORMULA 1: Mercedes DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein has injured two people in a car accident during a promotional filming day with Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg and Wehrlein were visiting a training camp in Italy where the German national football team are preparing for the World Cup.

They were driving separate cars, each carrying a member of the World Cup squad, when the incident occurred on closed roads. Rosberg, winner of Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix to return to the top of the F1 drivers’ standings, was not involved in any way in the accident.