Giro 2015 Stage 15: Mikel Landa wins in Madonna di Campiglio

The first day in the high mountains! After cresting two mountain-passes finish in ski-resort Madonna di Campiglio. Mikel Landa powers to the win after a strong performance bij Astana, while Contador cements his overall lead by taking bonus seconds and outsprinting Aru on the line. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 15th stage 2015 Giro
1. Mikel Landa (spa)
2. Yuri Trofimov (rus) + 0.02
3. Alberto contador (spa) + 0.05
4. Fabio Aru (ita) + 0.06
5. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 0.38
6. Andrey Amador (crc) + 0.42
7. Leopold König (cze) + 1.00
8. Tanel Kangert (est) + 1.10
9. Alexandre Geniez (fra) + 1.49
10. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 2.13

GC after stage 15
1. Alberto Contador (spa)
2. Fabio Aru (ita) + 2.35
3. Andrey Amador (crc) + 4.19
4. Mikel Landa (spa) + 4.46
5. Leopold König (cze) + 6.36
6. Yuri Trofimov (rus) + 6.58
7. Damiano Caruso (ita) + 7.10
8. Maxime Monfort (bel) + 8.20
9. Giovanni Visconti (ita) + 9.53
10. Alexandre Geniez (fra) + 10.03

Race report
The pace is high in the first hour and for a long time nobody manages to break away, but climbing up La Fricca Ilnur Zakarin and Giovanni Visconti have created a gap and Benat Intxausti clambers aboard. The Spaniard is the first to crest, thus cementing his KOM lead.

In the long drop Paulinho, Siutsou, Rosa, Montaguti, Dupont, Bookwalter and Gavazzi join the front of the race and closing in on the Daone-climb Visconti, Siutsou, Bookwalter and Dupont break free. The other riders stop pushing and are reeled in by the pack.

On the climb itself Bookwalter is dropped, while Porte, Uran and Cataldo can’t follow the pace in the peloton. After a crash in the descent Van den Broeck is forced to chase.

On the lower slopes of the closing climb Dupont is the last escapee to be reeled in. Astana is setting the pace and riders are dropped, one after the other. With 3 kilometres Landa launches a series of attacks, obviously with the objective to offer leader Aru the chance to take time from Contador. But El Pistolero is too strong and eventually it is up to Landa himself to grab the win.

In fact, Contador is the winner of the day, taking bonus seconds from Aru in an intremediate sprint and at the finish line. Furthermore he puts 1 more second into Aru, outsprinting the young Italian on the line.

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