Alberto Contador Wins 2011 Giro d'Italia
Team Saxo Bank-SunGard's Alberto Contador has won the Giro d'Italia for the second time, easily capturing the race after finishing third in the final stage 21 time trial.
mountain classification, which underlines his stability and stamina," Team Saxo Bank-SunGard owner Bjarne Riis told Roadcycling.com.
"The course of this Giro has been extremely demanding which has been to his advantage and in my opinion, he has done an errorless race," Riis concluded.
Contador was unchallenged in this year's Giro since taking the lead by winning the ninth stage on Mount Etna in Sicily.
Local favorites Scarponi and Nibali were unable to keep pace with him whenever he attacked on the mountain stages and they had to watch the Spaniard open a morale-sapping lead that he extended over the race.
Contador only added one other stage win -- the 16th from Belluno to Nevegal -- but was graciously second on four occasions to keep Scarponi and Nibali at bay.
"The stage yesterday and Gardeccia was bad, but I still believe that I can win in the future," Nibali said after being celebrated on the podium with Contador and Scarponi and added "Yesterday, I started with the idea of doing something, but then something went wrong. At least I tried."
Roman Kreuziger of Team Astana took the white jersey for best young rider, while Acqua & Sapone's Stefano Garzelli claimed the green jersey for king of the mountains.
You'll find complete results and more photos from stage 21 of the Giro d'Italia here.
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