Leader Contador crashes in Giro

Race leader Alberto Contador was caught up in a crash as German Andre Greipel won stage six of the Giro d’Italia.

Spaniard Contador, 32, retained the race lead from Astana’s Fabio Aru by two seconds, with Team Sky’s Richie Porte 20 seconds back.

But the Tinkoff-Saxo rider did not wear the pink jersey on the podium after suffering an arm injury and will undergo X-rays to assess the severity.

Lotto’s Greipel beat Matteo Pelucchi and Sacha Modolo in a sprint finish.

Contador is attempting to become the first man since Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and the Tour de France in the same year.

The crash, which happened in the final 300m of the stage, was caused when a spectator leaned over the barriers to take a photograph and clipped rider Daniele Colli with his camera. The Italian fell, bringing down several riders in the peloton.

Friday’s seventh stage is the longest of the race, a mainly flat 264km leg from Grosseto to Fiuggi.

The Giro ends on 31 May in Milan.

Stage six result:

1.

Andre Greipel (Ger/Lotto-Soudal) 4hrs 19mins 42secs

2.

Matteo Pelucchi (Ita/IAM Cycling)

3.

Sacha Modolo (Ita/Lampre)

4.

Manuel Belletti (Ita/Southeast)

5.

Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/Trek)

General classification after stage six:

1.

Alberto Contador (Spa/Tinkoff – Saxo) 20hrs 25mins 36secs

2.

Fabio Aru (Ita/Astana) +2secs

3.

Richie Porte (Aus/Team Sky) +20secs

4.

Roman Kreuziger (Cze/Tinkoff – Saxo) +22secs

5.

Dario Cataldo (Ita/Astana) +28secs

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/32745111

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