What's buzzing:

Contador wins Tirreno leg, cuts Kwiatkowski's lead

AP - Sports
Contador wins Tirreno leg, cuts Kwiatkowski's lead
.

View gallery

CITTAREALE, Italy (AP) -- Alberto Contador won the grueling fourth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race to close the gap on overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski to 16 seconds on Saturday.

The Spaniard showed off his remarkable climbing skills to edge out another overall favorite Nairo Quintana by one second on the tough final ascent. Daniel Moreno was third.

Contador, who recovered from an early puncture, clocked 6 1/2 hours on the 244-kilometer (152-mile) leg from Indicatore to Cittareale Selvarotonda - the toughest stage of the race.

''It's a great win. It gives me confidence and confirms that all the work that I've been doing in the winter is paying off. I'm content to win but the GC is going to be hard to crack. I'll try though,'' Contador said.

Kwiatkowski crossed 10 seconds behind.

''I'm really happy that I'm still in the leader's jersey,'' he said. ''We expected some big attacks from Contador and Quintana, and they did it. They really pushed me to the limit but I'm really thankful to Wouter Poels and Rigo Uran because they really did a good job for me. They set a good tempo on the last climb and i didn't lose so much time.''

Roman Kreuziger set a furious pace on the long final climb along with Benat Intxausti and Stefano Pirazzi and he raced clear with 5 kilometers remaining.

However, with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammate Contador in the chasing group, he sat up.

Contador, who has won all three Grand Tours, kicked with 200 meters remaining for his second win of the season.

Sunday's stage 5 is a 192km leg from Amatrice to Guardiagrele.

The race ends on Tuesday with an individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

Many riders are using the race as a warmup for the Milan-San Remo classic on March 23.

View Comments (1)
  • UCF, FIU battle unknowns heading into season opener

    One byproduct of UCF's national star rising over the past five seasons is that expectations have gone up along with it. For the first time in several years the Knights will open a season unsure of just how far they can go. Coach George O'Leary … More »

    AP - Sports - 7 minutes ago
  • Pryor down to last chance to impress Browns

    Pryor down to last chance to impress Browns

    Terrelle Pryor doesn't want a handout. If he's going to make the Browns' roster as a wide receiver, Pryor, the former NFL quarterback with extraordinary physical gifts, intends to earn it. Slowed by a nagging hamstring injury for the past month, … More »

    AP - Sports - 11 minutes ago
  • Latest on US Open: Fish's career ends with tough 5-set loss

    Latest on US Open: Fish's career ends with tough 5-set loss

    Mardy Fish and Feliciano Lopez are both 33 and have now played each other nine times. Lopez paid tribute to his American counterpart after beating him in the last match of Fish's career Wednesday at the U.S. Open. Fish had a chance to serve out … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • Jaguars rookie kicker Myers takes unusual path to NFL

    As reporters and cameras gathered around new Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Jason Myers, teammates started walking by. The Jaguars can only hope he handles meaningful kicks the same way he did the crowded locker room. Myers became Jacksonville's … More »

    AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
  • Panthers sign backup QB Derek Anderson to 2-year extension

    The Carolina Panthers have signed backup quarterback Derek Anderson to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2017 season, providing depth and experience behind Cam Newton. Financial terms of the deal were not … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago