Alberto Contador Heads List of 2011 Giro d'Italia Entries

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04/21/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank - SunGard). Photo copyright tdwsport.com.
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank - SunGard). Photo copyright tdwsport.com.

Alberto Contador Heads List of 2011 Giro d'Italia Entries

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Team Saxo Bank-SunGard heads the list of cyclists entered for the Giro d'Italia 2011.

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Team Saxo Bank-SunGard heads the list of cyclists entered for the Giro d'Italia 2011.

Organizers released the list of 23 teams Thursday for the race, which will be held May 7-29.

Other riders include Vincenzo Nibali and Michele Scarponi, plus former winners Denis Menchov, Danilo Di Luca and Stefano Garzelli.

Mark Cavendish and Alessandro Petacchi are the top sprinters.

Notable absences include defending Giro d'Italia champion Ivan Basso (Team Liquigas), who is focusing on the Tour de France this year, and 2004 winner Damiano Cunego.

Teams can change riders before the start of stage 1.

The 2011 Giro d'Italia race will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification. It begins in Turin, passes through Sicily and ends in Milan.

Contador tested positive for clenbuterol during his Tour de France victory last year but was cleared by Spanish cycling officials after arguing the result was caused by contaminated beef. The UCI has appealed the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A ruling is not expected until after the Giro d'Italia.

Watch 2011 Giro d'Italia video highlights from each stage in our video section .

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