Sunday, May 29, 2011

Giro d'Italia, Stage 21

Stage 21, Sunday, May 29, 2011: FIERA MILANO (RHO – PERO) - MILAN, 26 KM individual time trial.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) is the winner of the 94th Giro d’Italia and the Maglia Rosa Estathé 2011, 6’10” ahead of Michele Scarponi (Lampre – ISD). Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas – Cannondale) came third after 6’56”.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) is also the Maglia Rosso Passione Gruppo Saint-Gobain 2011.

Roman Kreuziger (Pro Team Astana) is the Maglia Bianca Adecco 2011.

Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) is the Maglia Verde Banca Mediolanum 2011.

David Millar (Team Garmin Cervelo) won the final stage. The winner completed the individual time-trial from Fiera Milano (Rho – Pero) to Milan in 30’13” at the average speed of 51,627 km/h. Alex Rasmussen (HTC – Highroad) was second after 7” and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) third after 36”.

The Maglia Rosa and Maglia Rossa, Alberto Contador: "This win is amazing, it looked easy but was actually very difficult. A big thanks to my family, my friends, my team and the fans."

The Maglia Verde, Stefano Garzelli: "It is a great emotion, after 11 years to still be around here with the Maglia Verde."

The Maglia Bianca, Roman Kreuziger: "I managed to keep this jersey and we won the team championship. Of course I hoped to be in the top ten but if I won the Maglia Bianca means that I’m still young, right? I have time to grow and I'm sure that confronting the great champions who have fought in this Giro d’Italia has undoubtedly helped me to grow further."

Top 10 GC:

1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 84:05:14
2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:06:10
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:56
4 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:10:04
5 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:11:05
6 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 0:11:28
7 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:12:12
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:12:18
9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:13:51
10 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:14:10

During the award ceremony for Alberto Contador a wrong version of the national Spanish anthem was played. Spanish Sport General Director, Matilde Garcia Duarte, issued an immediate formal complaint. The management of the Giro d'Italia responded by apologizing to Alberto Contador, the Spanish Government, Spanish authorities attending the event, and all Spanish citizens.

And, so ended the 94th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

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