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Victory for Aru in Tough Mountain Stage

May 30, 2015
Victory for Aru in Tough Mountain Stage

Giro d'Italia Stage 19

Gravellona Toce to Cervinia

236.1km (4 KOMs/ 2 Sprints)

1st – Fabio Aru, Astana (6:24:13)

2nd – Ryder Hesjedal, Cannondale-Garmin

3rd – Rigoberto Uran, Etixx-QuickStep

Pink Jersey - Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo (+4:37)

King of the Mountains – Giovanni Visconti, Movistar

Sprint – Giacomo Nizzolo, Trek Factory Racing

Best Young Rider – Fabio Aru, Astana

Team Competition – Astana

Italian rider Fabio Aru has restored order with a win in stage 19's Giro d'Italia, returning him to second on the GC leaderboard ahead of his Astana team mate Mikel Landa. But both still trail behind Tinkoff-Saxo, whose margin has increased by 35 seconds, placing him 4:37 in front of Aru.

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It was a tough day in the saddle for riders who had to battle the challenging trinity of another long-distance stage, almost 5,000m elevation (parts reaching 12 percent) and - to top it all off - a head wind on climbing.

But strong riding once again from the whole Astana team and an attack from Aru in the final climb saw him seize victory ahead of Cannondale-Garmin's Ryder Hesjedal and Etixx-QuickStep's Rigoberto Uran.

With only two stages to go Contador is looking likely to be the man in pink once the peloton arrives in Milano.

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Thanks again to Graham Watson for another great image!