Alberto Contador duly won the 2015 Giro dItalia

Contador secures 2015 Giro d’Italia victory with Mikel Landa emerging as the name for the future.

 June 1, 2015   John Welsh

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Alberto Contador duly won the 2015 Giro d’Italia as the final stage from Torino to Milano was completed on Sunday but just 24 hours earlier, his comfortable lead in the general classification nearly evaporated as he struggled to cope with the unrelenting steep gradients on the upper slopes of the Colle delle Finestre. For the […]

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Dominant Contador set to claim 2015 Giro d’Italia title

 May 25, 2015   John Welsh

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After another week of difficult racing in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, it would appear that the coveted pink jersey awarded to the overall leader is set to be worn by Alberto Contador for the remainder of the race. The Spaniard has partially recovered from a dislocated shoulder plus a Friday crash to claim a 2 […]

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Team Sky riders

Giro puncture proves costly for Richie Porte but where were his fellow Team Sky riders

 May 20, 2015   John Welsh

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The fairly flat Stage 10 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia was expected to be a typical transition day for those riders contesting the overall classification with a breakaway group and the sprinters hoping to be the main focus of attention. Punctures and the occasional crash often occur during these days but the riders often recover […]

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Contador retains Giro d’Italia lead despite shoulder injury

 May 15, 2015   John Welsh

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With seven stages completed in the 2015 Giro d’Italia, pre-race favourite Alberto Contador leads the general classification by 2 seconds from Italian hope Fabian Aru as Richie Porte occupies third position a further 18 seconds behind, but it has not been a routine first week for the Spanish rider who has yet to lose a […]

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Contador aiming for Grand Tour double as 2015 Giro d’Italia begins

 May 10, 2015   John Welsh

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The 2015 Giro d’Italia began on Saturday with a team time trial along the Italian Riveria coastline from San Lorenzo Al Mare to the San Remo, and after all 22 participating teams had finished the 17.6 kilometre route, Orica-GreenEDGE claimed victory by seven seconds from Tinko-Saxoff, the team of pre-race favourite Alberto Contador. Having succeeded […]

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Quintana

Quintana and Uran lead the re-emergence of Colombian cyclists

 June 2, 2014   John Welsh

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Nairo Quintana may have clinched the 2014 Giro d’Italia after an impressive display in the mountain stages but the performance of the Colombian cyclists during the three week marathon rekindled memories of fellow compatriots in the early 1980’s. While it may be too early to envisage an inaugural Colombian victory in the Tour de France, […]

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Nairo Quintana

Nairo Quintana leads the Giro after a treacherous and controversial day

 May 28, 2014   John Welsh

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In most sports there are occasions which are remembered for a very long time either through a moment of real achievement or a triumph in adverse conditions. Stage 16 of the 2014 Giro d’Italia will probably be written into cycling folklore for the way in which the riders combatted the snow and intense cold on […]

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Uran seizes Giro d’Italia lead as the tough mountain days await

 May 23, 2014   John Welsh

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As the 2014 Giro d’Italia moves into its second phase following the conclusion of the first individual time trial, the race is set for a tough final week in which six out of the nine remaining days are staged in the mountainous areas of Northern Italy. The new leader of the race is Colombian Rigoberto […]

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A difficult Giro d’Italia could be ideal for Quintana

 May 9, 2014   John Welsh

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A 21km team time trial which starts and finishes in Belfast on Friday seems a strange way to begin the 97th edition of the Giro d’Italia cycle race. However, in keeping with recent developments in its sister race the Tour de France, beginning the race in a different country is becoming a popular trait. Staging […]

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