Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico

Adriano Malori (Movistar) prevailed in the final stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, a 9.1km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto, with a winning time of 10:13. The victory against the clock today was the second of the year for the 26-year-old Italian after his time trial win at Argentina's Tour de San Luis in January.

Four-time time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) placed second at six seconds followed by 2012 Olympic time trial champion Bradley Wiggins (Sky) in third at 11 seconds.

Reigning time trial world champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), winner of this very stage at Tirreno-Adriatico one year ago with a time six seconds faster than runner-up Malori, placed fourth this time around at 15 seconds.

Overnight general classification leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) started the day with a commanding 2:08 lead over Nairo Quintana (Movistar) plus a 2:15 advantage over his Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Roman Kreuziger, and the Spaniard easily defended the blue jersey with a 10:54 effort, good for 29th on the day.

The top three on general classification remained the same as Quintana put two seconds into Kreuziger over the 9.1km course, 10:51 versus 10:53, to defend his second place position ahead of the Czech rider. Contador's final margin of victory would be 2:05 over Quintana and 2:14 ahead of Kreuziger.

Alex Dowsett (Movistar), the sixth rider out of the start house in San Benedetto del Tronto, set the early benchmark of 10:33 which stood for approximately one hour until it was bettered by one second courtesy of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano). Movistar, however, reclaimed the hot seat 30 minutes later when former Italian time trial champion Adriano Malori scorched the course for 10:13, stopping the clock over the 9.2km parcours 19 seconds faster than the Dutchman.

Malori's time then withstood the efforts of the peloton's time trial royalty as first Tony Martin (10:28), then Bradley Wiggins (10:24), followed by Fabian Cancellara (10:19) all failed to eclipse the Italian's time.

Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), who earlier this season won the time trial stage at the Volta ao Algarve (en route to overall victory) ahead of none other than Malori, Martin and Dowsett, could only manage a 10:35 effort on the day, a time ultimately good enough for seventh place.

Only 17 riders remained following Kwiatkowski, and while none would factor into the stage results there was still a matter of the top general classification riders at Tirreno-Adriatico seeking to defend or improve their final overall placings.

The top three on general classification would ultimately remain the same as Contador, Quintana and Kreuziger would all finish within three seconds of each other, while there would be some minor shuffling in the rest of the top 10. Former French time trial champion Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) started the day in fifth overall, just one second down on Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing), and the Frenchman beat the Colombian by 16 seconds to improve his final GC position by one place.

Mikel Nieve (Sky) would be the biggest loser in the top ten as he dropped from sixth to 10th overall after his time trial performance while Croatian road champion Robert Kiserlovski (Trek Factory Racing) improved the most, from 10th to seventh overall.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team0:10:13
2Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:00:06
3Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:00:11
4Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:15
5Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:19
6Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team0:00:20
7Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:22
8Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:23
9Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:00:24
10Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:26
11Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:28
12Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:31
13Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:32
15Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:33
16Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:00:34
17Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:00:37
18Kristijan Koren (Slo) CannondaleRow 17 - Cell 2
19Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:00:38
20Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 20 - Cell 2
22Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:00:39
23Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenedgeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:40
25Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Trek Factory RacingRow 24 - Cell 2
26Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 25 - Cell 2
27Maciej Bodnar (Pol) CannondaleRow 26 - Cell 2
28Marco Coledan (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:00:41
29Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 28 - Cell 2
30David Boucher (Fra) FDJ.frRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:42
32Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 32 - Cell 2
34Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:43
36Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek Factory RacingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:00:44
38Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) MTN - QhubekaRow 37 - Cell 2
39Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory RacingRow 38 - Cell 2
40Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp0:00:45
42David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 41 - Cell 2
43Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:46
44Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 44 - Cell 2
46Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:00:47
47Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:00:49
50Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 49 - Cell 2
51Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Hayden Roulston (NZl) Trek Factory RacingRow 51 - Cell 2
53Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:00:50
54Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team SkyRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenedgeRow 55 - Cell 2
57David Millar (GBr) Garmin Sharp0:00:51
58Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team KatushaRow 57 - Cell 2
59Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 58 - Cell 2
60Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 59 - Cell 2
61Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling0:00:52
62Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin SharpRow 62 - Cell 2
64Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:53
65Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
67Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 67 - Cell 2
69Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:55
71Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 70 - Cell 2
72Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 71 - Cell 2
73Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:56
74Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 73 - Cell 2
75Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Team KatushaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory RacingRow 75 - Cell 2
77Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
78Jaco Venter (RSA) MTN - QhubekaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:57
81Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-SaxoRow 80 - Cell 2
82Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
84Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 83 - Cell 2
85Alan Marangoni (Ita) CannondaleRow 84 - Cell 2
86Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:58
87Dominic Klemme (Ger) IAM CyclingRow 86 - Cell 2
88Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:01:00
89Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 88 - Cell 2
90Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto BelisolRow 89 - Cell 2
91Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:01
92Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-MeridaRow 91 - Cell 2
93Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team KatushaRow 92 - Cell 2
94Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:01:03
95Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 94 - Cell 2
96Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano0:01:04
97Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp0:01:05
99Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 98 - Cell 2
100Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:06
101Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team KatushaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin SharpRow 101 - Cell 2
103Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 102 - Cell 2
104Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 104 - Cell 2
106Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:07
107Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:08
108Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.frRow 107 - Cell 2
109Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:09
110Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:10
111Filippo Fortin (Ita) Bardiani-CSFRow 110 - Cell 2
112Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team SkyRow 111 - Cell 2
113Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:11
114Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:12
115Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 114 - Cell 2
116Sam Bennett (Irl) Team NetApp - Endura0:01:13
117Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 116 - Cell 2
118Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp0:01:14
119Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:15
120Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.frRow 119 - Cell 2
121Tony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 120 - Cell 2
122Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 121 - Cell 2
123Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:01:16
124Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Ivan Basso (Ita) CannondaleRow 124 - Cell 2
126Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team EuropcarRow 125 - Cell 2
127Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica GreenedgeRow 126 - Cell 2
128Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:17
129Gerald Ciolek (Ger) MTN - QhubekaRow 128 - Cell 2
130William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.fr0:01:18
131Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky0:01:19
133Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:21
135Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team0:01:22
136Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 135 - Cell 2
137Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 136 - Cell 2
138Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka0:01:23
139Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 138 - Cell 2
140Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:01:25
142Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team0:01:29
143Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:01:30
144Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:32
145Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale0:01:33
146Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:01:35
147Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky0:01:38
148Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus) Team KatushaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-ShimanoRow 148 - Cell 2
150Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) IAM Cycling0:01:41
151Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:01:46
152Luca Paolini (Ita) Team KatushaRow 151 - Cell 2
153Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:56
154Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:02:10
155Andreas Stauff (Ger) MTN - Qhubeka0:02:21
156Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:25
DNSCadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
DNSMoreno Moser (Ita) CannondaleRow 157 - Cell 2
DNSAndré Greipel (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 158 - Cell 2
DNSJens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto BelisolRow 159 - Cell 2
DNSMarcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto BelisolRow 160 - Cell 2
DNSPaul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp - EnduraRow 161 - Cell 2
DNSIan Stannard (GBr) Team SkyRow 162 - Cell 2
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo25:28:45
2Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:02:05
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo0:02:14
4Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:39
5Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:02:54
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:04
7Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:03:09
8Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha0:03:16
9Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:03:19
11Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:03:32
12Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:37
13Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:03:47
14Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr0:04:10
15Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp - Endura0:04:18
16Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:05:24
17Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp0:05:36
18Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:05:38
19Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team0:06:34
20Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge0:06:44
21Benjamin King (USA) Garmin Sharp0:06:45
22Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team0:06:50
23Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:06:53
24Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale0:06:58
25Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano0:07:21
26Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:07:29
27Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:07:45
28Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF0:07:57
29Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale0:11:11
30Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:48
31Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:13:37
32Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:32
33Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:14:40
34Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:14:54
35Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano0:17:32
36Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:19:44
37Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:08
38Wouter Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:20:19
39Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:20:36
40Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo0:20:47
41Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team0:20:54
42Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:21:55
43Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky0:22:11
44Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol0:22:14
45Iker Camano Ortuzar (Spa) Team NetApp - Endura0:22:49
46Stijn Devolder (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:24:40
47Tiago Machado (Por) Team NetApp - Endura0:24:47
48Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin Sharp0:24:48
49Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol0:24:49
50Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha0:25:57
51Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing0:26:04
52Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge0:28:37
53Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky0:28:49
54Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica Greenedge0:28:53
55Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin SharpRow 54 - Cell 2
56Mar