Cycling: Ramunas takes stage as Nibali keeps the lead

Navardauskas Ramunas crosses the finish line to win the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia. AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto
Navardauskas Ramunas crosses the finish line to win the 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia. AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto
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Ramunas Navardauskas broke free to win stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia yesterday giving cheer to his struggling Garmin-Sharp team.

The 25-year-old Lithuanian took advantage when a large breakaway group splintered towards the end of the 182-kilometre run from Tarvisio to Vajont, giving his team reason to smile after their leader - defending champion Ryder Hesjedal - saw his challenge effectively end over the past few days.

Navardauskas finished 68 seconds ahead of BMC’s Daniel Oss. The peloton - featuring general classification leader Vincenzo Nibali and Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins - rolled over the line a little under six minutes behind Navardauskas.

Nibali leads from Cadel Evans by 41 seconds with Wiggins fourth, two minutes five seconds behind.

Sheffield sprint specialist Adam Blythe will fancy his chances on today’s 127km stage from Longarone to Treviso.

Ben Swift made a successful return to racing in the first stage of the Tour of Norway yesterday. The Rotherham racer was part of Team Sky’s lead-out for Edvald Boasson Hagen as the Norwegian defending champion finished second on the 190.3km from Fredrikstad to Sarpsborg.

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