Spain's Alberto Contador celebrates at the end of the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Tirano to Lugano, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Alberto Contador maintained his grip on the overall lead of the Giro d'Italia, while Sacha Modolo won a bunch sprint at the end of the 17th stage for his second victory in this year's race. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

VERBANIA, Italy (AP) — Alberto Contador increased his lead on the 18th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday with a well-timed attack on the leg’s big climb, while former world champion Philippe Gilbert posted his second victory in this year’s race.

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