Third place finisher Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) did more than nab the podium in the individual time trial. He took back the maglia rosa with an emphatic margin of 2min 28sec over Fabio Aru (Astana). He was also surprised by the result but remains cautious about the stages to come.

I'm really happy.

My legs are absolutely killing me as I had pain from the crash. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be today. The wind change was difficult but I’m really happy with today's performormance.

The result is a big surprise to me. I gave it all I had, and paced myself carefully all the way. I have to keep my focus. There is still a lot of this Giro ahead of us.

The team has been really impressive. Yesterday, just 3.2km from the finish we had the crash. Tosatto was very attentive and quick, giving me the bike and making sure I got across the line as fast as I could to limit my losses. Every day they’ve been working hard and they’re going to continue to do so.