Contador has a bad day in Tirreno-Adriatico time trial

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was expected to gain a few seconds and strike a psychological blow on his overall rivals in the opening Tirreno-Adriatico time trial but after the intense 5.4km effort, the Spaniard stopped the clock in a time of 6:23, well behind the 6:04 set by winner Adriano Malori (Movistar), eight seconds slower than Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and nine behind Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-QuickStep). Contador was two seconds faster than Nairo Quintana (Movistar) but lost six seconds to Thibaut Pinot (FDJ).

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.