Lampre-Merida rider Diego Ulissi wins Sstage seven – and Alberto Contador battles through the pain barrier to hold on to his overall lead – in the Giro d'Italia on Friday (15th May).
Slovenia's Jan Polanc calims stage five of the Giro d'Italia as Alberto Contador takes the overall lead.
Race favourite Alberto Contador took the Giro d'Italia's overall leader's pink jersey after Wednesday's fifth stage won by Slovenian Jan Polanc.
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Lampre's Polanc, 23 and on only his second major tour, was the survivor of a long breakaway, coming home 1min 31sec ahead of fellow escapee, veteran Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel, who just held off the chasing peloton at the summit finish of a gruelling climb of the celebrated Giro mountain at Abetone.
In third, fourth and fifth places came three contenders for the overall standings in Astana's Fabio Aru, who just edged Contador, and Sky's team leader Richie Porte, the trio clocking the same time after numerous counter-attacks up the final punishing climb.