Giro Stage 21: Keisse derails the sprint trains, Contador secures overall victory

At the end of a Giro d’Italia which has revelled in its daily unpredictability, it was fitting that the concluding sprinters’ stage instead came down to a straight mano a mano between two of the peloton’s unsung powerhouses. Iljo Keisse finally delivered something for his Etixx-Quick Step team to celebrate at the end of a lacklustre three weeks, edging out Luke Durbridge who narrowly failed to provide a victory that would have neatly bookended a successful race for Orica-GreenEDGE, the dominant squad in the opening stages.

Alberto Contador finished safely to confirm his seventh grand tour victory. He joins Bernard Hinault as the only rider to have won all three grand tours at least twice.

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Giro stage 13: Modolo the home hero as Contador slips out of pink

It was supposed to be an innocuous transition stage at the Giro d’Italia. With not a classified climb in sight on the short 147km trip across Veneto, it looked like it would have no bearing on the general classification whatsoever. How wrong we were. A crash near the finish of the stage caught a significant chunk of the peloton out, allowing Sacha Modolo to take the stage win and, more importantly, Fabio Aru to overtake Alberto Contador and seize the maglia rosa. Continue reading