Alberto Contador extends lead in 16th leg of Giro; Landa wins 2nd consecutive stage



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APRICA, Italy — Alberto Contador put on a demonstration of his climbing skills on the Mortirolo pass and extended his lead in the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday.

Mikel Landa posted his second consecutive stage victory after getting clearance from the Astana team to leave behind captain Fabio Aru, who again struggled.

Landa required just over 5 hours over the 174-kilometer (108-mile) leg from Pinzolo to Aprica, which included five categorized climbs.

Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk finished second, 38 seconds behind, and Contador crossed third with the same time.

Aru finished nearly three minutes behind Landa, who moved ahead of the Italian and into second.

Contador had some mechanical problems on a descent before the Mortirolo but surged into the lead on the climb, passing one rider after another.

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