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Cycling superstar Alberto Contador joins Saxo Bank's Head of Equity Strategy Peter Garnry on the trading floor at Saxo Bank for a special update on the Trade Like A Pro competition.
Article / 27 May 2015 at 8:11 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro - Contador extends Giro lead

TradingFloor.com Team / Saxo Bank
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By the TradingFloor.com team

Tinkoff-Saxo’s captain took matters into his own hands on the Mortirolo mountain pass after an all-out effort from his teammates. Contador bridged the gap to main rivals Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa on the captivating climb after having lost time due to a puncture on the descent from Aprica. 

“My team has been extraordinary”, he said after extending his lead to 4’02” over Mikel Landa.
 
In what many people have already dubbed an epic stage, Tinkoff-Saxo and Alberto Contador turned a difficult situation into a consolidation of their hold on the pink jersey. After crossing stage 16's finish line in Aprica, Alberto Contador thanked his teammates for their extraordinary support.

Another well-deserved win for Alberto Contador
 Another well-deserved win for Alberto Contador.

“It was a very hard day, an incredible stage. I’m very proud of all my teammates because they have given 100%. They have been extraordinary and people forget that my team is leading the race from the start of the stage every single day. I have this jersey because of them. These are the stages that people remember”, commented Contador before elaborating on the difficult situation in which he found himself on Mortirolo.

“Cycling isn't mathematics: I had a puncture on the descent, Ivan Basso gave me a wheel but ahead they were going at full speed, and it was impossible to close the gap immediately. On Mortirolo I was focused on keeping my speed, it was like a time trial, I couldn’t lose morale and I had to keep calm and focus on the road ahead”.

Great team effort preceeded today's stage win
 A great team effort preceeded today's stage win.

Alberto Contador crested the summit of Mortirolo together with Mikel Landa and Steven Kruijswijk after having bridged the gap to Fabio Aru and soon after dropped him. With 4km to Aprica, Landa attacked Contador and Kruijswijk (who had led the trio after the Mortirolo) and won the stage by 38 seconds.

“It was hard for me on the final part, but I'm very happy with the time gaps now. I would have liked to help Steven Kruijswijk, but it was not to be. To Mikel Landa, I can only say: chapeau. Kruijswijk deserved the win but in cycling everybody has their interests and I respect that”, says Alberto Contador.

Wishing the riders and managers good luck and good legs in the days to come!

Source: Bettiniphoto.net, Tinkoffsaxo.com, Saxo Bank A/S
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Paul168 Paul168
was nice to watch the last hour yesterday on Sporza - well done
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Simon Kjaer Simon Kjaer
Great race indeed! Looking forward to see if today's stage to Lugano will have the same amount of excitement.

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