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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bugno's Answer

AOSTA, Italy -- () Italian champion Gianni Bugno produced a rebuke for his critics by winning the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

His five co-leaders could not match his powerful finish at the end of the 224-kilometer 15th stage from Briancon, France, covered at an average speed of 40.50 kph.

Overall, Russian Pavel Tonkov leads Latvia's Piotr Ugrumov by 20 seconds.

Bugno, 32, with a string of past triumphs including the 1990 Giro and two world titles in successive years, started the stage 42 minutes 45 seconds behind Tonkov.

His attack 50 kilometers from the finish was no threat to the Russian, but for Bugno it was a chance to silence the fickle Italian media, which said Bugno was finding it hard this year to come to terms with the new era of successful Italian riders, and that his motivation was gone.