Giro d’Italia

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) remains in the maglia rosa despite losing nearly two and a half minutes to Italian rival Fabio Aru (Astana) in the final mountain stage of the 2015 Giro d’Italia on Saturday.

Aru took the stage win as Contador was distanced by a group of overall contenders on the highest climb of the 2015 race, the Colle delle Finestre. Despite being isolated, with no team mates for assistance, Contador managed to limit his losses, and retain the race lead. Barring disaster on Sunday’s final, flat stage to Milan, Contador has secured his seventh Grand Tour victory.

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.

Key info: Route guide | Start list | Contenders | TV guide

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

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