The Double, Not The Tour, Motivator For Contador

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By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador said it is the prospect of completing a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double which is motivating him rather than simply winning a third Grand Boucle. The 32-year-old Spaniard won Italy's premier road race back in May and will begin his quest for the double when the Tour begins on Saturday with a … [Read more...]

Nizzolo Wins Giro d’Italia Red Points Jersey

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Giacomo Nizzolo secured the maglia rossa on the final day in the Giro d’Italia by taking the third place points in the second intermediate sprint behind a two-rider breakaway, then sprinting to fifth place as the escapees contested the stage win. Nizzolo: “It was hard to control today, and during the stage we lost some points. For the second sprint there was a lot of stress – maybe too … [Read more...]

Contador Wins The Giro d’Italia And Keeps Double Dream Alive

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By Justin DAVIS Milan, May 31, 2015 (AFP) - Spain's Alberto Contador kept his hopes of a rare cycling double alive by securing his seventh Grand Tour title with overall victory in the Giro d'Italia on Sunday. Former track rider Iljo Keisse, a Belgian who rides for Etixx-QuickStep, won the final stage from Torino to Milan after outsprinting fellow breakaway rider Luke … [Read more...]

Contador Seals The Giro d’Italia After Attacks On Stage 20

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Sestriere, Italy, May 30, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador was virtually assured of winning the Giro d'Italia for a second time after surviving attacks on Saturday's summit finish to keep an unassailable lead on his nearest rival and stage winner Fabio Aru. It was a second straight stage win for 24-year-old Italian Aru, who along with teammate and third placed overall Mikel Landa launched a … [Read more...]

Aru Solos To Giro d’Italia Stage 19 Win, Contador Still In Lead

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Milan, May 29, 2015 (AFP) - Emotional Italian Fabio Aru made amends for days of "torture" on the Giro d'Italia by soloing to stage 19 victory as Spain's Alberto Contador moved a step closer to his second triumph. Astana leader Aru had seen his bid for overall victory steadily tamed by the superiority of Contador after the race moved upwards into the high mountains earlier this week. … [Read more...]

Gilbert Doubles Up At Giro d’Italia, Contador Still Holds Lead

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Verbania, Italy, May 28, 2015 (AFP) - Belgian rider Philippe Gilbert of the BMC team won his second stage on the Giro d'Italia this year as he triumphed in Thursday's 18th stage after a late breakaway. Spaniard Alberto Contador of Tinkoff retains the leader's pink jersey three days from the race finish in Milan. Gilbert, the 2012 world champion came home alone 47secs ahead of … [Read more...]

Modolo Wins Giro d’Italia Stage 17, Contador Firmly In Pink Jersey

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Lugano, Switzerland, May 27, 2015 (AFP) - Italian Lampre rider Sacha Modolo won his second stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as he came out on top in a sprint finish following the 17th stage from Tirano to Lugano in Switzerland. Spaniard Alberto Contador comfortably retained the leader's pink jersey after a relatively flat day of racing across 134km. The 27-year-old Modolo, … [Read more...]

Contador Looks Unbeatable, Aru Loses Time, And Landa Wins Giro Stage 16

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Milan, May 26, 2015 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador took a massive step towards his second Giro d'Italia triumph by increasing his overall lead on Fabio Aru after an epic 16th stage won by fellow Spaniard Mikel Landa on Tuesday. Astana rider Landa made up for team leader Aru's difficult day as he claimed his second win of the race in clinching the 174km ride from Pinzolo to Aprica in … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]