Saturday 22 July 2017

Second giro title for contador

Alberto Contador secured his second Giro d'Italia title yesterday with a comfortable third-place finish in the final stage, beating his closest rival for the pink jersey by more than six minutes.

The Spaniard and pre-race favourite finished the 26km (16-mile) individual time trial around the streets of Milan 36 seconds behind stage winner David Millar's time of 30mins 13secs.

With his hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport pushed back until later in the summer, it opens up the possibility that Contador could try for a clean sweep of Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espagna.

Contador finished with an overall time of 84hrs 5mins 14secs. He was 6mins 10secs ahead of Michele Scarponi and also won the red jersey for points winner with a total of 202, 80 ahead of Scarponi.

The win is Contador's sixth success in a grand tour event.

But if he is found guilty of doping offences when he appears before CAS, there's the possibility that he could be stripped of the title, meaning that Scarponi would be promoted to first place.

Ireland's Philip Deignan finished yesterday's stage in 23rd place, 1min and 36secs behind Millar and 47th overall, 1hr 47mins 2secs behind Contador.

Irish Independent

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