Giro D'Italia 2014 Standings: Stage 18 Results, Leaderboard and Highlights

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

Colombia's Julian David Arredondo Moreno is pictured at the start of the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, from Belluno to Rifugio Panarotta, Italy, Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)
Gian Mattia D'Alberto/Associated Press

Julian Arredondo finished at the head of the pack in Stage 18 of 2014's Giro d'Italia, working his way to claim a 17-second victory that will undoubtedly go down as the biggest achievement of his career so far.

Sky Sports confirmed the triumph, with Colombian compatriot Fabio Duarte behind him in second while Team Sky's Philip Deignan placed in third:

Despite not being able to hold down a leading spot during Thursday's climb, Nairo Quintana finished 10th to retain the pink jersey with an overall time of 77 hours, 58 minutes and eight seconds.

2014 Giro d'Italia Stage 18 Results
PositionName (Team)Time
1Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Trek Factory Racing)4:49:51
2Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Colombia)+0:00:17
3Philip Deignan (Team Sky)+0:00:37
4Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli)+0:01:20
5Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF)+0:01:24
6Thomas De Gendt (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team)+0:01:38
7Ivan Basso (Cannondale)+0:01:43
8Dario Cataldo (Team Sky)+0:01:59
9Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team)+0:02:43
10Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team)+0:02:46
Sky Sports

Fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran finished just behind Quintana on the way up Rifugio Panarotta, with his nearest rival now sitting one minute and 41 seconds behind in the standings.

The Irish Independent's Ruaidhri O'Connor was quick to praise Deignan's performance in particular, with Sky looking to stage their own move on the top places:

It was with four kilometres remaining that Arredondo made his most important surge in order to distance himself from the breakaway group, and through a very evident bit of energy-sapping hard work, he managed to fend off the insistent challenge of Duarte.

Velo News quotes Arredondo in reacting to his victory after the Category 1 climb:

After San Luis, where I won two stages, the Giro became my principal objective for the season. It’s going better than I could have dreamed. I have a stage, and I have the climber’s jersey … I am so happy. I still cannot believe it.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Australian cyclist Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing team celebrates on stage after finishing second in the overall classification after Stage Six of the Tour Down Under on January 26, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by
Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

It was a difficult day for Cadel Evans, however, as the Australian dropped off five kilometres from the end and, as a result, plummeted through the overall rankings after not being able to contend with the pace of Thursday's assault on the mountaintop.

BMC Racing's lead went from third, contending with Quintana and Uran for top honours, to ninth, four minutes and 59 seconds off the pace.

2014 Giro d'Italia General Classification After Stage 18
PositionRider (TeamTime
1Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Movistar Team)77:58:08
2Rigoberto Uran Uran (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team)+0:01:41
3Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar)+0:03:29
4Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team)+0:03:31
5Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo)+0:03:31
6Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale)+0:03:52
7Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp)+0:04:32
8Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling Team)+0:04:37
9Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)+0:04:59
10Robert Kiserlovski (Trek Factory Racing)+0:08:33
Sky Sports

Europcar's Pierre Rolland was more than happy to capitalise upon Evans' hardships, though, and now takes third place as his own. But the margins are slim in that portion of the standings, with Fabio Aru hot on his tail and just two seconds away.

The 171-kilometre ride served as a dust-settler before Friday's time trials, that coming just before the longer-distance action then returns on Saturday for the closing two stages of the Giro d'Italia.

Arredondo will savour the taste of victory in what was a very testing stage of the competition, with ascents reaching as high as 14 percent for stretches.

Gian Mattia D'Alberto/Associated Press

The 25-year-old still doesn't factor among the top 10 of the leaderboard, but another new name entering the winning sphere simply puts another intriguing twist on matters after 18 stages.

Only three stages remain in total as the Giro reaches its climax this weekend, where Quintana will seek to not only hold off those persistent figures chasing down his lead, but stretch the gap even further.