Giro d’Italia

Giro d’Italia favourite Alberto Contador fell to second behind Fabio Aru in the overall classification after crashing with 3.2km to go on the Friday’s flat stage 13.

The Spaniard was caught behind a mass crash along with Richie Porte, as Aru finished safely with the lead group where Italy’s Sacha Modolo sprinted to victory.

Contador now sits 19 seconds of Aru going into Saturday’s crucial time trial, while Porte sits five minutes off the lead having finished two minutes down on the 13th stage in addition to his time penalty for accepting a wheel from Orica-GreenEdge’s Simon Clarke.

The 2015 Giro route includes six mountain finishes and a long 59.2-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.

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

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

Fabio Aru struggled on stage 12 (Watson)

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