Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia favourite Alberto Contador regained the overall race lead after roundly beating all of his rivals in the crucial stage 14 time trial on Saturday.

Overnight leader Fabio Aru (Astana) moved back down to second place after spending one day in the maglia rosa. Vasil Kiryienka (Sky) won the stage, but his team leader Richie Porte suffered further, losing over four minutes to Contador on a stage that he had been widely tipped to win.

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.

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

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