Contador Increases Giro d’Italia Lead Over Aru On Stage 15

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Milan, May 24, 2015 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador failed to commemorate the memory of stricken Marco Pantani but held off the threat of rival team Astana to stretch his lead over Fabio Aru on the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia Sunday. Contador came over the finish line of the 165km ride from Marostica to Madonna Di Campiglio in third place at five seconds behind stage winner … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Regains Pink Jersey at Giro d’Italia

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Spaniard Alberto Contador bounced back from a crash to retake the overall lead in the Giro d'Italia as rivals Fabio Aru and Richie Porte stumbled in Saturday's 14th stage time-trial. The 32-year-old, who won the Italian race in 2008, finished third on the day but finished nearly three minutes ahead of overnight leader Aru after a 59.4km race against the clock won by Sky's Belarus rider … [Read more...]

Unlucky Stage 13 For Contador As Aru Takes Giro D’Italia Lead

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Jesolo, Italy, May 22, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Astana rider Fabio Aru took over as leader of the Giro d'Italia from crash victim Alberto Contador on Friday after the rain-hit 13th stage was won by Sacha Modolo. Italian Modolo hung on in a sprint finish on his home stage to edge compatriots Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani at Jesolo, near Venice. A mass crash less than 5km from the line … [Read more...]

Gilbert Triumphs At Gir d’Italia Stage 12, As Contador Extends Lead

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By Justin DAVIS Milan, May 21, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador reinforced his bid for overall victory at the Giro d'Italia by snatching precious bonus seconds at the end of the 12th stage won in timely fashion by Belgian Philippe Gilbert. A day of rain and crashes on winding descents was in store for a peloton that has already suffered during 11 days of … [Read more...]

Contador Still In Pink Jersey Control, As Zakarin Wins Giro Stage 11

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Imola, Italy, May 20, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador retained the lead of the Giro d'Italia after Wednesday's 11th stage won by the Katusha team's Russian rider Ilnur Zakarin. Zakarin biked in to victory alone after a long, solo breakaway on the 153km ride from Forli to Imola. Tinkoff's Contador, whose goal is to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the … [Read more...]

Boem Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 10, As Contador Keeps Lead

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Forlì, Italy, May 19, 2015 (AFP) - Italy's Nicola Boem of the Bardiani team won the 10th stage of the Tour of Italy on Tuesday with Spanish great Alberto Contador retaining the leader's pink jersey. Boem crossed ahead of three Italian breakaway rivals -- Matteo Busato, Alessandro Malagatu and Alan Marangoni. It was the biggest win for 25-year-old Boem since turning professional … [Read more...]

As Tiralongo Wins Giro Stage 9, Contador and Aru Battle For Lead

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San Giorgio del Sannio, Italy, May 17, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Paolo Tiralongo won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday as his Astana team leader Fabio Aru snatched back one second on race leader Alberto Contador. Veteran Tiralongo, 37, counter-attacked out of a breakaway group of 10 riders 14km from the end to catch long time lone leader Tom Jelte Slagter, who had escaped with … [Read more...]

Contador In Pink Control As Intxausti Wins Giro Stage 8

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Campitello matese, Italy, May 16, 2015 (AFP) - Despite nursing an injured shoulder, Alberto Contador protected his Giro d'Italia lead on Saturday as Spanish compatriot Benat Intxausti won the mountainous 186km eighth stage. Two days after dislocating his shoulder in a nasty crash during the sprint finish to the sixth stage, Contador was on the defensive from Fiuggi to Campitello … [Read more...]

Sagan Wins Time Trial, Takes Tour of California Yellow Jersey

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Tinkoff-Saxo’s Peter Sagan, the winningest cyclist of the Amgen Tour of California, seized the overall race lead along with the Individual Time Trial at the 10th annual race. Due to snow at Big Bear Lake on the original time trial course, the Amgen Tour of California Time Trial, presented by Lexus, moved to Santa Clarita and Six Flags Magic Mountain. The blistering fast and flat 6.6-mile … [Read more...]

Contador Survives In Pink, As Ulissi Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 7

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Fiuggi, Italy, May 15, 2015 (AFP) - Overall leader Alberto Contador gave nothing to his Giro d'Italia rivals during stage seven on Friday, a day after dislocating his shoulder in a fall, as Italy's Diego Ulissi clinched the stage victory. Lampre's Ulissi got down and kissed the tarmac after outsprinting Spain's Juan Lobato and Australian Simon Gerrans after a marathon 7hr 22min in … [Read more...]