Arroyo Duran keeps overall lead


PEIO TERME, Italy -- French rider Damien Monier won the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia with an attack on the climb to the finish Wednesday, while Spain's David Arroyo Duran held on to the overall race lead.

Monier, who rides for Cofidis, attacked about two miles from the line to complete the 107-mile ride from Brunico to Peio Terme in 4 hours, 29 minutes, 19 seconds. The stage victory was Monier's first on a major tour.

"Yesterday my legs were OK, but today I felt good," Monier said. "I decided to stay with the lead group as much as possible because I felt I could do something. ... We have had a rider in the lead group for the last few days, so I feel we finally deserved to win."

Danilo Hondo of Germany overtook Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk down the stretch for second. The pair had broken away with Monier with a few miles remaining but couldn't keep up with him.

Arroyo Duran, riding for Caisse d'Epargne, kept the leader's pink jersey with a time of 73 hours, 11 minutes, 38 seconds.

The first break came at the 68-mile mark when 19 riders broke from the peloton and, despite the humid conditions, managed to open a lead of 10 minutes.

Daniel Moreno was the first to complete the 4,996-foot climb at Passo delle Palade, with Simone Stortoni and Marco Marzano following him over the peak.

Mikhail Ignatiev made the initial break from the lead pack with about 15 miles remaining, before eventually being reeled in. Various riders then took the initiative before Monier made his attack to the finish line.