Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador succeeded in goal #1 of the year: winning the 98th edition of Giro d’Italia! After 21 days of racing, in what many regard as the hardest Giro in recent times, Tinkoff-Saxo and Alberto Contador can celebrate the overall victory after a grand team effort. “This is a special win”, says Contador.
Crossing the line safely in Milan, Alberto Contador could finally receive the pink jersey that matters the most. A few moments later he lifted the iconic spiraling trophy with his name now engraved and added his name in the Grand Tour history once again. Turning his attention to the waiting press, the overall winner says:
“I thank the people of Italy for their affection. Everyone has been very special with me and I am very happy. During the three hard weeks of the Giro, everything imaginable has happened: I came here thinking about victory having prepared very carefully, but then I had my crash and a shoulder injury”, comments Alberto Contador.
In the first week of the race, Contador was involved in a crash and suffered a dislocated shoulder. He was able to manage the pain and discomfort over the next several day before the first rest day and the team did a great job attending to his injury.
Taking extra precautions on the final lap in Milan, Alberto Contador crossed the line and claimed overall victory by a margin of 1’53” to Fabio Aru and 3’05” to Mikel Landa. Across the line, waiting for his champion, stood Tinkoff-Saxo Team Owner Oleg Tinkov, who congratulated his squad.
“When I build my team, Tinkoff Credit Systems, back in 2007, I had the Giro in mind. I live in Italy much of the year and I love this country. And now we’ve won the entire Giro d’Italia with Alberto. It was very hard and I want to congratulate all the guys for their efforts during this race, which has definitely not been easy. They have sacrificed themselves for Alberto and guys like Rogers and Kreuziger put their own ambitions aside to support the captain”, says Oleg Tinkov.
The team had a fantastic May, with wins at Tour of California, Tour of Norway and now Giro d’Italia. June will be a slower month focused on recovery before attention is turned to the Tour de France in July. Tinkoff-Saxo is fueled by PROBAR during and after racing and relies on the delicious energy and wholesome, clean ingredients.