Giro d'Italia: Zakarin's crash motivates Taaramae to win in Sant'Anna di Vinadio

Rein Taaramae (Katusha) was so moved by seeing his teammate Ilnur Zakarin's horrific crash during yesterday's stage 19 at the Giro d'Italia that he felt motivated to go in the breakaway and try to win stage 20. It's not often that a pre-race plan comes to such exact fruition but it did for Taaramae, who soloed to the stage win in Sant'Anna di Vinadio.

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Kirsten Frattini
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Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.