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Contador eyes double after Giro glory

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Alberto Contador remains on course to become the first cyclist since 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year REUTERS/LaPresse/Fabio Ferrari
Alberto Contador remains on course to become the first cyclist since 1998 to win the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year REUTERS/LaPresse/Fabio Ferrari

Alberto Contador clinched his second Giro d'Italia title yesterday remaining on course to become the first cyclist since 1998 to win the Italian classic and the Tour de France in the same year.

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The Spaniard had all but secured the win after Saturday's 20th stage when he saw his lead cut in half but nevertheless headed into the final day - a mainly processional stage - with more than a two-minute advantage on closest rival Fabio Aru. Contador ended up winning by 1 minute, 53 seconds.

Contador has had to dig deep during a troublesome three weeks in Italy, after dislocating his shoulder in an early crash, and is likely to face stiffer competition in the Tour.

Contador had a pink bicycle for the final stage while his Tinkoff-Saxo team-mates had pink handlebars on their bicycles and all were wearing pink socks. Team owner Oleg Tinkov had also dyed his hair pink to celebrate the occasion.

Aru finished second overall, with Astana team-mate Mikel Landa third, 3.05 behind Contador, who took a total of 88 hours, 22 minutes, 25 seconds to cycle the 3,486km of the three-week race.

Iljo Keisse sprinted to victory at the end of the flat 178km leg from Turin to Milan, edging out Luke Durbridge.

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