Giro d'Italia: Tinkoff-Saxo guard helps Contador through the longest stage

From a measured, months-long project, Alberto Contador's bid to win the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France double has suddenly become an anxious, day-to-day enterprise. The months of meticulous planning, the wind-tunnel testing and the training camps at altitude all risked counting for nought when he dislocated his shoulder after crashing in the finishing straight in Castiglione della Pescaia on stage 6.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.