|ALBERTO CONTADOR WINS GIRO D'ITALIA
[29.05 17:30] Saxo Bank-SunGard's Danish squad today celebrated one of the biggest achievements in the history of the team when Spanish Alberto Contador won the prestigious stage race, Giro d'Italia. The final stage of the race, a time trial over 26 kilometers in flat terrain around Milan was won by David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) while Saxo Bank-SunGard's Alberto Contador finished third and teammate, Richie Porte finished fourth.
Alberto Contador's overall victory was based upon sublime climbing and an almost tenacious stability throughout the challenging three weeks around Italy where the peloton was met with various weather conditions and numerous demanding climbs in high altitude. It's a victory that makes the Danish team owner proud and happy:
”It's a huge win for Alberto and for the entire team and obviously, I'm immensely proud of our achievements. Alberto has shown incredible stability and that's the main reason that he's so successful. Besides from winning overall, he wins the point classification and is second in the mountain classification which underlines his stability and stamina. The course of this year's Giro has been extremely demanding which has been of his advantage and in my opinion, he has done an errorless race.”
But no one wins a stage race over three weeks alone, fighting Michele Scarponi (Lampre) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) as the nearest opponents in the GC and who both are on home ground. The victory is based on a foundation of team spirit carried on the shoulders of loyal and devoted teammates:
“The team has delivered a formidable effort and each and every rider has lived up to the role they have been assigned. We have successfully defined each rider's abilities and managed to delegate the different tasks accurately so no one was unaware of what to do next. We have been able to work in the front of the pack and at other times we have been able to, and dared to, share the responsibility with other teams. I'm very proud of the whole team,” concluded Saxo Bank-SunGard team owner, Bjarne Riis.
Besides the overall victory, Saxo Bank-SunGard's Alberto Contador won stage 9 and 16.
Miláno - Miláno (Enkeltstart), 32,8 km; Results