RICCO CRITICISES CONTADOR AFTER FIRST GIRO MOUNTAIN STAGE

Riccardo Ricco

Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval) was pleased to be gaining time on many of his overall rivals at the Giro d?Italia but accused Contador of not doing his part in the attack and insinuated that the 2007 Tour de France winner secretly prepared for the Giro and was not on holiday when Astana got a late invitation.

?Now we know more who the real contenders for overall victory,? Ricco said after finishing sixth on the stage and gaining 51 seconds Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Andreas Kloden (Astana), Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Paolo Savoldelli (LPR), Levi Leipheimer (Astana), Gilberto Simoni (Diquigiovanni) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas).

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