March 16, 2014 – Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader’s jersey on Sunday.
A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched a decisive attack earlier.
Overall victory rivals Michal Kwiatkowski and Nairo Quintana were among those who ultimately failed to respond to Contador’s surge of pace on a long climb inside the final 30 km.
While Quintana limited some of the damage, Omega-Pharma’s Kwiatkowski finished a massive six minutes down, meaning Contador now leads the ‘Race of the Two Seas’ with a 2min 08sec lead on Colombian climbing specialist Quintana.Contador’s Czech teammate at Tinkoff, Roman Kreuziger, sits third overall at 2:09.
With two stages remaining, including a race-closing 9.1 km time trial on Tuesday that should suit his overall skills, Contador has one hand on the title.
“Well, the dream was to go alone and that motivated me to ride the way I did. Needless to say, I’m extremely happy about this result and the way the whole team performed today,” said 31-year-old Contador.
But he added: “The race isn’t over until the final stage is finished so the overall is not secure yet. Right now, I just want to enjoy the moment.”
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 4hr 54min 42sec
2. Simon Geschke (GER/ARG) at 0:06sec
3. Benjamin King (USA/GRM) 0:45
4. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 1min 01sec
5. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 1:26
6. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 1:39
7. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 1:42
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 1:42,
9. Julian Arredondo (COL/RSH) 1:42
10. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 1:42.
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 21hr 01min 30sec
2. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) at 2min 08sec
3. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 2:15
4. Julian Arredondo (COL/RSH) 2:39
5. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 2:40
6. Mikel Nieve (ESP/SKY) 2:50
7. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 2:51
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 2:56
9. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 2:58
10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 3:06