Tuesday 22 August 2017

Aru's day but Contador in command

Astana rider Fabio Aru of Italy celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia
Astana rider Fabio Aru of Italy celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia

Nigel Whittaker

Fabio Aru attacked in the final climb to win the 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia \and reclaim second spot overall form his Astana team-mate Mikel Landa.

The Italian, one of the pre-race favourites, slumped to third overall after cracking in a gruelling mountain stage on Tuesday, leaving Spaniard Landa to move up behind dominant leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo).

The 24-year-old Aru jumped away from a group of favourites yesterday and Contador, sitting on a comfortable cushion two days before the finish in Milan, did not react.

Aru did not look back and beat Canadian Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin) and Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quick Step), who were second and third respectively, 28 seconds and one minute 10 off the pace.

Contador, who finished alongside Landa 1:18 behind, leads Aru by 4:37 and his compatriot by 5:15 ahead of today's last punishing mountain stage.

Movistar's Andrey Amador and Team Sky's Leopold Konig complete the top five.

Contador is aiming for a first Giro/Tour de France double since the late Marco Pantani of Italy in 1998.

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