Tiralongo enjoys cameo in the Contador and Aru Giro d'Italia show

In a Giro d'Italia billed locally as a battle between Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador, Paolo Tiralongo was a particularly apposite stage winner at San Giorgio del Sannio on Sunday. Contador's most trusted domestique in his final year at Astana, the 37-year-old has gone on to become Aru's closest adviser since he turned professional at the tail end of 2012.

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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.