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Contador holds Giro d'Italia lead

Franco Pellizotti
Franco Pellizotti won the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia

Spain's Alberto Contador has retained the leader's pink jersey after finishing fourth in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The stage, a 12.9km time trial, was won by Italian rider Franco Pellizotti.

Specialist Italian climber Emanuele Sella finished second on the stage just ahead of a fine performance from former two-time Giro winner Gilberto Simoni.

Contador extended his lead as second-placed Riccardo Ricco was fifth, eight seconds behind Contador.

Stage 16 results:

1. Franco Pellizotti (ITA/LIQ) 40min 26sec
2. Emanuele Sella (ITA/CSF) at 0:06s
3. Gilberto Simoni (ITA/SDA) 0:17
4. Alberto Contador (ESP/AST) 0:22
5. Riccardo Ricco (ITA/SDV) 0:30
6. Jose Rujano (VEN/GCE) 0:49
7. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA/LAM) 1:04
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/CSF) 1:43
9. Danilo Di Luca (ITA/LPR) 1:45
10. Denis Menchov (RUS/RAB) 1:49

Overall standings:

1. Alberto Contador, Spain, 68 hours, 47 mins, 31secs.
2. Riccardo Ricco, Italy, +41
3. Gilberto Simoni, Italy, 1:21
4. Marzio Bruseghin, Italy, 2:00
5. Franco Pellizotti, Italy, 2:05
6. Danilo Di Luca, Italy, 2:18
7. Denis Menchov, Russia, 2:47
8. Emanuele Sella, Italy, 4:25
9. Jurgen van den Broeck, Belgium, 4:26
10. Domenico Pozzovivo, Italy, 5:25

see also
Sella claims solo Giro stage win
24 May 08 |  Cycling
On Tour with Thomas
20 May 08 |  Cycling
Bruseghin takes time trial stage
20 May 08 |  Cycling
Bennati secures ninth Giro stage
18 May 08 |  Cycling
Ricco sprints to second Giro win
17 May 08 |  Cycling
Bosisio break yields Giro glory
16 May 08 |  Cycling
Priamo grabs Giro stage victory
15 May 08 |  Cycling
Snapped chain ends Millar hopes
14 May 08 |  Cycling
Cavendish secures Giro stage win
13 May 08 |  Cycling
Bennati wins third Giro stage
12 May 08 |  Cycling
Ricco secures second Giro stage
11 May 08 |  Cycling
Vandevelde wins first Giro stage
10 May 08 |  Cycling

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