Porte and Contador nurse wounds as Aru takes Giro d'Italia control

Fabio Aru took a philosophical approach to taking the lead in the Giro d'Italia as his rivals lose time

Alberto Contador after a crash on stage thirteen of the 2015 Tour of Italy (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Alberto Contador's Giro d'Italia lead slipped away on the wet roads around Venice after a crash with 3.3 kilometres to go held him and Sky's Richie Porte up.

Contador has won six grand tours to date, but has never once surrendered the jersey once he put it on – until Friday's rain-soaked stage. Fabio Aru (Astana), who sat 17 seconds back in second place before the stage, took over the famous maglia rosa.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.