Contador wins Tirreno 5th leg, takes overall lead


GUARDIAGRELE, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador again showed his strength in the mountains as he claimed a second successive Tirreno-Adriatico stage win to move into the overall lead on Sunday.

Contador, who won the grueling fourth stage of the race on Saturday, recorded a dominant victory over another tough leg from Amatrice to Guardiagrele.

The 192-kilometer leg ended in an ascent up the Muro di Guardiagrele, which has an average gradient of 22.2 percent, with some points at 30 percent.

Contador used a final burst of pace to hold off Simon Geschke of Germany for the win. American Benjamin King was third after leading the stage for most of the day.

Contador took over the lead from Michal Kwiatkowski, who dropped out of the top 10.