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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Second Russian in Three Years Wins Giro d'Italia

MILAN, Italy -- Pavel Tonkov gave Russia its second Giro d'Italia triumph in three years when the 3,990-km race from Athens ended in Milan.


Crossing the finish Sunday in the Parco Sempione after more than 100 hours racing, he claimed an overall victory of two minutes and 43 seconds over Italian Enrico Zaina. Abraham Olano of Spain followed in third place.


Just two days ago, Tonkov lost the race leadership by 46 hundredths of a second to world champion Olano after wearing the colors for seven days.


Then Zaina, 29, replaced Olano and Latvian Piotr Ugrumov as the next threat to Tonkov with two storming performances in the Dolomite mountains.


Italy's last overall win was in 1991, when Franco Chioccioli followed the success of compatriot Gianni Bugno.


Tonkov is the eighth non-Italian victor in 10 years, but Italy will point out that the jersey of Giro No. 1 remains in Italy as Tonkov lives near Bergamo.


The Italians won 13 of the 22 stages in this year's race. Fabrizio Guidi won the points and sprint categories and Mariano Piccoli took the climber's colors for a second year.


Ukrainian Sergei Outschakov took Sunday's 176-km leg from Sondrio to Milan, outsprinting Russian Alexei Sivakov, with Andrei Teteriouk of Kazakhstan third.


Like fellow Russian Evgeny Berzin, Tonkov upset the odds. In 1994, Berzin spoiled Miguel Indurain's quest for a Giro hat trick. On Sunday, Tonkov stood above Olano, the world road race champion who is seen as Spain's successor to Indurain, the five-time Tour de France winner.


"We may look alike, but Miguel wins, and I don't," said a modest Olano.


"This was a Giro for climbers, and I am not a climber. Tonkov was great, but I matured a lot in this race as a man and as a racer."


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Miguel Indurain won the Dauphine Libere cycle race for the second consecutive year on Sunday, indicating he would once again be the man to beat in next month's Tour de France.


The Spaniard, who will bid for a record sixth win when the Tour starts on June 29, finished sixth in the final stage of the race. But his stage wins in Friday's time trial and Saturday's mountain stage allowed him to hold a lead of one minute and 21 seconds over Swiss Tony Rominger in the overall standings.