Alberto Contador Climbs Into Tirreno-Adriatico Leader Jersey


MILAN, March 16, 2014 (AFP) – Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a
spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his
second successive stage win and take the race leader’s jersey on Sunday.

A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in
imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came
over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched an
incisive attack earlier.

Overall victory rivals Michal Kwiatkowski and Nairo Quintana were among
those who failed to respond to Contador’s surge of pace on a long climb inside
the final 30 km.

While Quintana limited some of the damage, Omega-Pharma’s Kwiatkowski
finished a massive six minutes down, meaning Contador now leads the ‘Race of
the Two Seas’ with a 2min 08sec lead on Colombian climbing specialist Quintana.

Contador’s Czech teammate at Tinkoff, Roman Kreuziger, sits third overall
at 2:09.

The race finishes on Tuesday with a 9.1 km individual time trial in San
Benedetto del Tronto.

Results on Sunday following the
fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race, a 192km ride from Amatrice
to Guardiagrele:

1. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 4hr 54min 42sec, 2. Simon Geschke (GER/ARG)
at 0:06sec, 3. Benjamin King (USA/GRM) 0:45, 4. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 1min
01sec, 5. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 1:26, 6. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT)
1:39, 7. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 1:42, 8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 1:42,
9. Julian Arredondo (COL/RSH) 1:42, 10. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 1:42.

1. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 21hr 01min 30sec, 2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV)
at 2min 08sec, 3. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 2:15, 4. Julian Arredondo
(COL/RSH) 2:39, 5. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 2:40, 6. Mikel Nieve
(ESP/SKY) 2:50, 7. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 2:51, 8. Domenico Pozzovivo
(ITA/ALM) 2:56, 9. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 2:58, 10. Robert Kiserlovski
(CRO/RSH) 3:06.