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Giro d’Italia 2011 Results: Classifications, Jersey Winners And Doping Scandals

The 2011 Giro d’Italia, also known as the 94th edition of the Giro, was a prestigious cycling race held from May 7th to May 29th, 2011. It consisted of 21 stages covering a distance of approximately 3,486.5 kilometers (2,166.8 miles) throughout Italy.

Here are some key highlights and notable aspects of the 2011 Giro d’Italia:

  1. Route: The race began in Turin with a team time trial and ended in Milan with an individual time trial. The route traversed various regions of Italy, including stages in the Alps and the Dolomites, providing challenging terrain for the riders.
  2. Contador’s (initially) Victory: Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador initially emerged as the winner of the 2011 Giro d’Italia. His victory was notable as it marked his second Giro d’Italia title, having previously won in 2008.
  3. Drama and Controversy: Contador’s victory was not without controversy. He initially won the race, but was later stripped of his title due to a doping violation. Contador tested positive for clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, and although he claimed innocence, he received a retroactive ban that nullified his results from the 2011 Giro d’Italia.
  4. Michele Scarponi’s Victory: Scarponi, riding for Lampre-ISD, finished second overall in the general classification and was eventually awarded the victory following Contador’s disqualification.

Overall, the 2011 Giro d’Italia was a thrilling and memorable event in the world of professional cycling, marked by outstanding performances, drama, and controversy.


Jersey Winners – 2011 Giro d’Italia

The winners of the various jerseys in the 2011 Giro d’Italia were:

  1. General Classification (Pink Jersey): Initially, Alberto Contador won the General Classification and wore the Pink Jersey. However, after his disqualification due to a doping violation, Michele Scarponi was declared the winner of the General Classification.
  2. Points Classification (Cyclamen Jersey): Michele Scarponi also won the Points Classification, represented by the Cyclamen Jersey.
  3. Mountains Classification (Maglia Verde): Stefano Garzelli won the Mountains Classification and wore the Green Jersey.
  4. Young Rider Classification (White Jersey): Roman Kreuziger won the Young Rider Classification and wore the White Jersey.

Overall Ranking – 2011 Giro d’Italia

The top 10 riders in the 2011 Giro d’Italia, based on the final general classification standings after Alberto Contador’s disqualification, were as follows:

  1. Michele Scarponi (Italy) – Lampre-ISD (Tragically, Scarponi’s life was cut short on April 22, 2017, when he was killed in a collision with a van while training near his home in Filottrano, Italy)
  2. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy) – Liquigas-Cannondale
  3. John Gadret (France) – AG2R La Mondiale
  4. Joaquim Rodríguez (Spain) – Team Katusha
  5. Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic) – Astana
  6. José Rujano (Venezuela) – Androni Giocattoli
  7. Denis Menchov (Russia) – Geox-TMC
  8. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands) – Rabobank
  9. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Belarus) – HTC-Highroad
  10. Mikel Nieve (Spain) – Euskaltel-Euskadi

These riders demonstrated exceptional skill and endurance throughout the challenging stages of the 2011 Giro d’Italia, earning their places in the top 10 of the general classification.

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