Friday 30 September 2016

Alberto Contador retains Giro d'Italia lead despite dislocated shoulder

Published 15/05/2015 | 18:08

Overall leader, pink jersey Spanish rider Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) gestures before the start of the 7th stage of the Giro d'Italia today
Overall leader, pink jersey Spanish rider Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) gestures before the start of the 7th stage of the Giro d'Italia today

Alberto Contador rode through the pain of a dislocated shoulder to retain the race lead on Friday's longest stage of the Giro d'Italia, which was won by Diego Ulissi.

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Spaniard Contador suffered the injury in a big crash in the frantic sprint finish on Thursday's sixth stage, but started the 264km seventh stage from Grosseto to Fiuggi on Friday.

Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who crashed out of the 2014 Tour de France before returning to win the Vuelta a Espana, finished the stage in the bunch as Lampre-Merida's Ulissi won.

Saturday's eighth stage is the 186km from Fiuggi to Campitello Matese.

Contador said: "It was a hard day for me but I'm happy because I got through it.

"After three-and-a-half or four hours, I didn't know what to do with my arm, but I hope and trust that, as the days past, it will improve.

"(Saturday) is a stage that I was looking forward to. Now it's going to be hard for me, and I expect attacks.

"Now I'm just thinking of resting and putting ice on my shoulder. Then we'll see."

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