Vuelta Stage 19: Gougeard wins and Dumoulin snatches seconds

On a day the Vuelta a España rode up to the pristine medieval walls of Ávila, it was the team of race leader Tom Dumoulin bracing themselves for a barrage. However, the attacks from his nearest rival Fabio Aru never materialised and the Dutchman even managed to snatch a few seconds on his rival as Ag2r La Mondiale youngster Alexis Gougeard escaped to take the biggest win of his career.
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Giro stage 16: Second win for Landa as Aru crumbles

Katusha and Astana’s questionable tactics on the descent of Aprica to the base of the Mortirolo was swiftly countered by a ruthless Alberto Contador and although Mikel Landa took his second consecutive stage, Fabio Aru got a dose of instant karma in what will become a legendary Giro stage.

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Giro stage 14: Kiryienka wins TT as Contador reclaims pink

The only individual time trial of this year’s Giro d’Italia may have been in Prosecco country, but it was unfortunately more of a Grappa kind of day. The home of the famous dry wine was misleadingly wet, and pretty much the only sparkle in sight came courtesy of Tinkoff-Saxo’s resident twinkletoes Alberto Contador, who delivered a brilliant performance to take third on the day and reclaim the pink jersey. Team Sky’s Vasil Kiryienka picked up the stage win with an impressive early showing.
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