Spain’s Alberto Contador produced a superb display to reclaim the overall lead of the Giro d’Italia in Valdobbiadene on Saturday.
The Tinkoff-Saxo rider looked in great shape and overcame poor weather conditions to come home third, enough to leapfrog overnight leader Fabio Aru in the overall standings.
Belarus’ Vasil Kiryienka stormed to victory after completing the
59.4km course in an impressive time of 1 hour 17 minutes and 52 seconds with Astana’s Luis Leon Sanchez having to settle for second place.
Germany’s Patrick Gretsch just missed out on a podium finish while Team Sky’s Richie Porte endured yet another frustrating day.
The Australian rider, still hampered by a knee injury suffered in a crash on stage 13, finished 55th and is now 4 minutes and 6 seconds behind Contador going into Sunday’s stage, a 165 km run from Marostica to Madonna di Campiglio.