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Article / 13 May 2015 at 10:25 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro: Kreuziger and Contador advance in Giro d’Italia

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  • Contador and Kreuziger third and fourth in Giro d’Italia
  • Strong strategy contributing to success
  • Today's stage offers challenges in the mountains

Roman Kreuziger and Alberto Contador move to third and fourth overall after stage four of the Giro d’Italia. The day was marked by hectic racing on a draining Ligurian parcours, where Tinkoff-Saxo placed Kreuziger in the 28-rider breakaway with the intention of putting pressure on several rival teams. Ultimately, Davide Formolo was the only rider from the breakaway that kept the attacking favorites behind.

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  Tinkoff-Saxo team leader Alberto Contador said was a “a very tough stage".

After the stage conclusion, Tinkoff-Saxo team leader Alberto Contador notes that his shape was good on “a very tough stage at Giro d’Italia”.

“It was a fast and hard day again but the team was fantastic once more," he says. "My sensations were good and I felt well on the climb – this is important. The entire team did a good job today and we saved energy as a result of having Roman in the breakaway controlling the race from the front. In the finale, I had Roman in front of me and Rogers right with me until the last climb, where we caught the group with Roman."

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The team expect another strenuous day on tomorrow’s stage to Abetone.

Lars Michaelsen explains the reason for having Kreuziger in the big breakaway group. “At some point it perhaps got a bit too exciting, but then again, we were still far from the finish. The tactical decision-making process was made difficult by the somewhat lack of information out on the parcours. Suddenly the break had a 10-minute lead and we had to send some guys to the front to keep the leading group within reach. But all in all, it was another difficult stage, where Alberto did well and received the support he needed from the guys that are doing a fine job."

He adds: “A part of our strategy was to abdicate some of the responsibility that we’ve taken the last stages and put teams like Astana in a situation, where they had to spend some energy at the front. Having Roman in the breakaway allowed us to do this, while still ensuring that nothing ran out off hand. The intermezzo in the breakaway, where nobody wanted to pull, also meant that the bunch could gain back time fast."

Stage 5: La Spezia - Abetone

Today's stage offers 156 km of mountainous terrain reaching an initial peak at Foce Carpinelli and ending in a challenging climb from La Lima to Abetone.
Route 1
 Topographic overview of stage 5 stretching from La Spezia to Abetone

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Stage 5 height profile
Climb
 Final climb ending the stage at Abetone in an altitude of 1386m.

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Wishing all Tinkoff-Saxo members good luck and good legs. Fingers crossed for another exciting stage today.

The TradingFloor.com Team

Source: TinkoffSaxo.com, Gazzetta.it, Saxo Bank A/S, Bettiniphoto.net

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