Updated: Sunday, 16 March 2014 23:15 | By Agence France-Presse

Imperious Contador climbs into Tirreno lead

Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader's jersey on Sunday.


Imperious Contador climbs into Tirreno lead

Spain's Alberto Contador crosses the finish line at the end of the 20th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, on July 20, 2013 - by Pascal Guyot

A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo following a punishing, final climb having launched an incisive attack earlier.

Overall victory rivals Michal Kwiatkowski and Nairo Quintana were among those who failed to respond to Contador's surge of pace on a long climb inside the final 30 km.

While Quintana limited some of the damage, Omega-Pharma's Kwiatkowski finished a massive six minutes down, meaning Contador now leads the 'Race of the Two Seas' with a 2min 08sec lead on Colombian climbing specialist Quintana.

Contador's Czech teammate at Tinkoff, Roman Kreuziger, sits third overall at 2:09.

The race finishes on Tuesday with a 9.1 km individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

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