Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) kept cool under pressure during stage 16 of the 2015 Giro d’Italia after a puncture, when he chased and single-handedly hunted down his rivals on the legendary Mortirolo climb.
With just five days to go in the year’s Giro, Contador underlined his lead yesterday and is now four minutes and two seconds clear on the general classification from Mikel Landa Meana (Astana Pro Team), who rode himself into second overall after his stage win yesterday.
Oleg Tinkov struggled to hide his anger against the Astana and Katusha teams, who attacked and forced Contador to chase after he stopped for a wheel change 20km before the start of the Mortirolo.
The day had been labelled as a defining one for the general classification and it proved to be just that. The battle for the stage honors had come down to just three men by the top of the Mortirolo, with Kruijswijk proving a match for the two Spaniards.
Contandor and the Tinkoff Saxo Team are using Prologo saddles in this year’s Giro, along with the Lampre Merida team, Bardiani CSF and IAM Cycling. View the range here.
Stage 17 today is a 134km from Tirano to Lugano and for the first and only time this year crosses on to foreign soil, passing over the border into Switzerland for a stage finish in Lugano.