Cycling - Contador dominates stage five, seizes overall lead

Alberto Contador attacked on the penultimate climb to power to a commanding victory on stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico and establish a sizeable overall lead.

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Cycling - Contador dominates stage five, seizes overall lead
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Alberto Contador

The Spaniard finished six seconds clear of Simon Geschke, with Benjamin King a further 39 seconds back in third.

"Without a doubt this win will remain one the best of my career and one that I'll always remember. It flashed by in a second but it'll be a special memory," said Contador.

"I knew it was risky to try and attack so far out, but I really wanted this victory and I like to do things like that."

Contador now leads Nairo Quintana by two minutes and eight seconds in the overall standings.

Stage five results

1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 4:54:42"

2. Simon Geschke (Germany / Giant) +6"

3. Benjamin King (U.S. / Garmin) +45"

4. Adam Hansen (Australia / Lotto) +1:01"

5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +1:26"

6. Giampaolo Caruso (Italy / Katusha) +1:39"

7. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff - Saxo) +1:42"

8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R)

9. Julian Arredondo (Colombia / Trek)

10. Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy / AG2R)

Overall standings

1. Alberto Contador (Spain / Tinkoff - Saxo) 21:01:30"

2. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar) +2:08"

3. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic / Tinkoff - Saxo) +2:15"

4. Julian Arredondo (Colombia / Trek) +2:39"

5. Jean-Christophe Peraud (France / AG2R) +2:40"

6. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky) +2:50"

7. Daniel Moreno (Spain / Katusha) +2:51"

8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +2:56"

9. Giampaolo Caruso (Italy / Katusha) +2:58"

10. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / Trek) +3:06"

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