Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador moves into the overall race lead in Giro d’Italia after an attack from our captain sparked a battle for the pink jersey on the final climb to Abetone. Team Owner Oleg Tinkov congratulates his team leader, who himself notes that this is just a taste of what is to come.
An attack with 4.7km to go from Contador wrecked havoc in the favorites group, where Fabio Aru and Richie Porte were the only pre-race favorites able to respond. After a trip to the podium, Contador underlines that he’s delighted to put on the pink jersey despite the Giro still being in its initial phase.
“I didn’t think I’d have the pink jersey so early in the race, as the main objective is to wear it in Milan at the final stage of the Giro. This is just a taste of what is to come, as the race is just getting started. Of course I’m really happy to be in the pink jersey because everybody knows how much I like the Giro d’Italia and how big an experience this jersey is – also for me. We might not try too hard to keep it, for now, but it will be up to the others to take it away from me”, says Alberto Contador before elaborating on what is to come.
“I took the decision to attack on the final climb to test my rivals. I didn’t feel super, but the result and outcome was positive and by the end of the climb I felt as if I had good legs. We’ve distanced Uran but I also saw that Porte and Aru are in good shape”, adds Alberto Contador, who now leads Giro d’Italia with 2 seconds over Fabio Aru, who took bonus seconds on the line.