Philip Deignan on the attack once again in Italy

philip deignan 1305Letterkenny's Philip Deignan was again involved in a breakaway during today's 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The Team Sky rider was part of a 26-man group that built-up a huge lead before Italian Stefano Pirazzi surprised his breakaway companions with an attack outside the final kilometre to register the third win of the race for the Bardiani team.

This is the second time in four days that Philip has being involved at the front of the race.

Philip would go on the attack late in the stage but unfortunately didn't have the legs to see it out.

The overal race contenders all finished in the main bunch, which crossed the line over 15 and a half minutes behind the winner.

Colombia's Nairo Quintana  has retained the overall race leader's pink jersey with Deignan still inside the top 50.