Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia favourite Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) remains in the maglia rosa by over four minutes ahead of Astana’s Fabio Aru going into the final mountain stage, after the Italian attacked on stage 19 to take a solo stage victory and move back to second overall.

Aru’s teammate Mikel Landa looked likely to be the Astana team leader when Aru dropped to third after stage 16 , and with Spaniard Landa taking two stage wins. But no-one looks like desposing Contador in the final few stages of this year’s Giro, with the Tinkoff-Saxo leader looking comfortable on-top of the standings.

The 2015 Giro route includes six mountain finishes and a long 59.4-kilometre individual time trial, providing an ideal showcase for the overall contenders. For the sprinters, there are six flat stages to take the honours in bunch finishes, with Sky’s Elia Viviani, Orica-GreenEdge’s Michael Matthews and Lotto-Soudal’s André Greipel taking one apiece thus far. Matthews and Greipel both withdrew from the race after stage 13.

With victory at the Giro d’Italia 2014, Nairo Quintana (Movistar) became the first Colombian to win the race, but decided not to return to defend his title in 2015 as he concentrates on the Tour de France in July.

Former Giro winner and defending Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali has also skipped the Italian race, handing Astana leadership over to Aru.

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Key riders: Rigoberto Uran | Alberto Contador | Richie Porte | Fabio Aru

Previous editions: Giro d’Italia 2014 | Giro d’Italia 2013 | Giro d’Italia 2012 | Giro d’Italia 2011 | Giro d’Italia 2010