Giro over for Landa, Jungels takes over lead

Tue May 17, 2016 1:08pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Mikel Landa's Giro d'Italia hopes vanished when he abandoned with illness early on stage 10 on Tuesday before Italian first-year professional Giulio Ciccone powered to victory in Sestola.

Team Sky leader Landa began the day one minute 18 seconds behind GC leader Gianluca Brambilla and with high hopes of attacking on the forthcoming mountain stages, but the Spaniard fell off the back of the peloton on the first climb and quit.

On an eventful day Italian Brambilla lost the leader's pink jersey to Etixx-Quickstep team mate Bob Jungels.

Ciccone (Bardiani-CSF) broke clear on the speedy descent of Plan del Falco and held firm on the final climb towards the finish to mark his Giro debut with a stage win.

While the day belonged to the 21-year-old Ciccone, Jungels leads overall by 26 seconds from Movistar's Andrey Amador with GC contenders Alejandro Valverde and Vincenzo Nibali lurking at 50 and 52 seconds adrift respectively.

Landa, third overall last year, was expected to be challenging Valverde and Nibali over the next two weeks, but his race ended forlornly in the back of a team car.

He was clearly suffering when he fell minutes behind on the first ascent and was seven minutes adrift of the leaders when he could no longer continue.

His team doctor said later it was a case of suspected viral gastroenteritis.

Team manager Dave Brailsford had planned Sky's strategy around Landa and his withdrawal is a huge blow.   Continued...

Astana rider Mikel Landa Meana of Spain celebrates as he crosses the finish line in the 174 km (108 miles) 16th stage of the 98th Giro d'Italia (Tour of Italy) cycling race from Pinzolo to Aprica, Italy, May 26, 2015. REUTERS/LaPresse/Fabio Ferrari