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Contador sends signal with Tirreno overall victory
Alberto Contador wins Tirreno-Adriatico for 1st big win since 2012; Malori takes time trial
Associated Press
2014-03-18 11:42 PM

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador won the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico on Tuesday to signal a return to form after going all of last year without a victory in multi-stage races.

The five-time Grand Tour winner finished 2 minutes, 5 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana in the overall standings. Contador's Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Roman Kreuziger placed third, 2:14 behind.

Contador won mountain stages on Saturday and Sunday in dominating fashion. His last major win was the 2012 Spanish Vuelta.

Adriano Malori, an Italian with Movistar, won the concluding nine-kilometer (5.7-mile) time trial in 10 minutes, 13 seconds.

Swiss maestro Fabian Cancellara finished second in the stage, six seconds behind, and Olympic champion Bradley Wiggins was third, 11 seconds back.

Many riders used the race as a warmup for Sunday's Milan-San Remo classic.

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