Philippe Gilbert solos to second Giro d'Italia stage as Alberto Contador extends lead

Gilbert went alone from a breakaway group on stage 18 to secure his second win of the 2015 Giro d'Italia, as race leader Contador improved his lead over Mikel Landa

28 May 2015
98th Giro d'Italia
Stage 18 : Melide - Verbania
1st : GILBERT Philippe (BEL) BMC
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) doubled up on victories at this year's Giro d'Italia after making a solo break from a leading group, as race leader Alberto Contador stengthened his hold on the pink jersey by putting more time into Astana pair Mikel Landa and Fabio Aru.

Gilbert, who took victory earlier in the race on stage 12, made it into the day's breakaway after a fast start to the stage, along with 11 other riders including Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) and teammate Amael Moinard (BMC).

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Richard Windsor

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