The total mastery of Alberto Contador was demonstrated in this year’s Giro d’Italia on Sunday by turning the last part of the end time trial into a victory procession.
The general benefit of Contador was so big that he can simply meet the expense to take up the clapping and waving at the crowds on a sunny afternoon, afterward firing off his trademark gunslinger salute as a victory sign.
The 27-year-old finished the race with a heavy six minute 10 second advantage over Michele Scarponi of Italy. Vincenso Nibal, also an Italian was third.
Contador informed the reports after receiving his sixth Grand Tour and second Gino d’Italia, : “This is one of my most emotional wins, a really special success.”
He had focused on staying consistent all over the race, Contador said.
He said, “It’s been a very tough three weeks, one of the hardest stage races I’ve ever done, but the end result has been worth it.”
“Every race I do, I race to win, and all I want is to enjoy each race as much as possible.”
No choice had yet been created about Tour de France this year, Contador claimed, who is waiting for the outcome of an appeal by the International Cycling Union and World Anti-Doping Agency after he was cleared by his national federation of getting the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.
He said, “We will make a final, definitive decision at some point soon,” he said.
Contador claimed his second stage win of the race in the uphill time trial at Nevegal on stage 16. He rewarded ibe Alpine stage to previous team mate Paolo Tiralongo of Italy, after that managed his opponents on the eighth and final mountaintop end at Sestriere on Saturday as Milan loomed.
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