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...]

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...]