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Induráin sees advantage for Contador

Five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin, who also won the Giro d'Italia in 1992 and 1993, believes that his compatriot Alberto Contador has the best chances to win the Giro. "He has distanced almost all his rivals and the race is now in his favour," Induráin said in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport.

But the Spaniard cautioned that it won't be easy. "The last few days will be scorching hot and all his Italian rivals will be out to push him from first place."

The Italian rivals did indeed confirm their intentions, with Riccardo Riccò (Saunier Duval - Scott) stating that "I still believe I can win. I believe it with all my heart but also with my head." Danilo Di Luca (LPR Brakes) still believes in victory, confirming that "It's not over. I will attack."

The two remaining mountain stages are Friday and Saturday, with a final flat time trial concluding the race on Sunday.

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