The results of the Giro d'Italia's 59.4km Stage 14 individual time trial surprised some of the event's top riders as much as its fans.
Sunday 24 May 2015

The victory for Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) came as a surprise, but one he was happy to receive. He set the winning time early but, like the rest of his team, will have to recallibrate his plan for future stages now that team-mate, Richie Porte, is out of contention for the final podium.

It was a long and difficult wait. I was waiting for the maglia rosa and the arrival of Alberto Contador. It was a nice day though. I was lucky, even though it seemed like one of those days where it was raining and it wasn't going to go well. It turned out well in the end.

It's a really special victory for me. Of course, I go well in the time trials but I've not had a big time trial victory in a while so it's nice to take one.

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.

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Richie Porte (Team Sky) swapped his black and blue team kit for his Australian time trial champion skinny. He didn't have the performance he hoped for but he's certainly motivated by that elusive Grand Tour title.

@richie_porte: This is motivation today. Ready to rip in #aussiebattler

Andrey Amador (Movistar) was the big mover of the day, climbing up the leader board from eighth overall to third. He sits 3min 36sec behind Contador heading into Stage 15.

I knew I could do well over this course and we achieved a great result. The riders starting at the end of the TT like me were a bit influenced by the headwinds in the beginning - though it stopped raining for us, winds were stronger than for those starting earlier and the gaps were considerably bigger in the first section, but I don't think it favoured anyone into the 'GC group' compared to the other contenders.

It's already important for me to have made it to third place. There are some really hard days ahead for us, with plenty of mountains, which are the thing I fear the most from the route. Still, I'm excited to head into them - I want to fight for this.

We must ride on a day-by-day basis, even more with this squad, which always find a man in real good form to fight for the wins. We're a courageous group, we came here with a goal to claim stage victories and make the fans enjoy, and I think we're doing that.