October 30, 2014
PESCARA, Italy (AP) - Australian rider Adam Hansen won the hilly and rainy seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday with a solo breakaway, and Benat Intxausti of Spain took the overall lead.
Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins had trouble negotiating the slippery roads on a descent shortly before the finish. He fell at one point but did not appear to suffer a major injury. Still, he lost more than a minute to the other contenders.
Hansen, who rides for Lotto Belisol, clocked more than 4 1/2 hours over the 109-mile leg from San Salvo to Pescara.
Intxausti took a 5-second lead over top contender Vincenzo Nibali, with defending champion Ryder Hesjedal was 8 seconds back in third.