Dutch rider Kruijswijk takes Giro lead after 'queen' stage

CORVARA, Italy (AP) Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk took the overall leader's pink jersey following the ''queen'' stage of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday, as favorites Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde each struggled.

Esteban Chaves, a Colombian with Orica Greenedge, won the 14th leg in a three-man sprint.

Chaves clocked more than six hours over the six classified climbs – including the Passo Pordoi, the Passo Sella, and the Passo Giau – on a spectacular 210-kilometer (131-mile) route through the heart of the Dolomite Range from Alpago to Corvara.

Kruijswijk, who rides for the Lotto NL-Jumbo team, crossed second, and Georg Preidler was third, each with the same time.

Nibali crossed fifth, 37 seconds behind, and is second in the overall standings, 41 seconds behind Kruijswijk.

Chaves is third overall, 1:32 back.