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Article / 11 May 2015 at 9:20 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro – Contador chases la maglia rosa Team / Saxo Bank
  • Tinkoff-Saxo opens Giro with strong team time trial
  • Contador, Kreuziger move to fifth and sixth  in GC
  • 136 km of hilly terrain in today's third stage

The journey begins

Tinkoff-Saxo delivered a strong opening team time trial in the Giro d’Italia, thereby ensuring a near-ideal starting position for Alberto Contador. The squad landed a second place finish, seven seconds behind stage winner Orica-GreenEd

 The team was off to a flying start with the team trials in stage one.

Stage one from San Lorenzo a Mare to Sanremo presented the 22 starting teams with 17.6 kilometres of fast time trialing on a narrow bike path along the coastline. 

Knowing a strong team was in place to perform well in the race, the squad's great performance in the time trials came as a no surprise to team captain Alberto Contador. He continued stating the importance of being attentive at every stage of the race and not getting ahead of yourself – taking one day at a time is key.

GC advancement following stage two

Roman Kreuziger and team captain Alberto Contador moved to fifth and sixth place overall respectively after the Tinkoff-Saxo team put in an effort at the front of the pack during the majority of the day (led primarily by Chris Juul-Jensen). Stage two of the Giro d’Italia eventually finished in a bunch sprint where Elia Viviani took the win after several crashes marred the finale.

All smiles
Team captain Alberto Contador is all smiles.

Short and hilly third stage

With hilly terrain and a climb along the 136km route, today's third stage is short but important.
On the tactic going into the third stage, Contador noted that the team will have to control the first 90km of the race for an opportunity to attack. He continues by adding that he is feeling strong going into the coming stages with everything currently going "perfect".

Alberto Contador currently takes sixth spot in the general classification behind race leader Michael Matthews.

 Short and sweet: the third stage of the Giro D'Italia 2015.

Trading for charity

Team Tinkoff-Saxo is trading stocks with Saxo Bank to raise money for the each rider's charity of choice. In trading as in cycling, many are supporting the team captain – in this case, by donating their returns to Fundacion Alberto Contador.

See how the members of Tinkoff-Saxo are doing in the #TradeLikeAPro competition on the team page here.

Wishing the Tinkoff-Saxo team good luck and good legs in the days to come!
The Team

Source:,, Saxo Bank A/S

— Edited by Michael McKenna


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