Nibali wins Tirreno ahead of Froome, Contador

Updated: March 12, 2013, 12:18 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN BENEDETTO DEL TRONTO, Italy -- Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has defended his title in the Tirreno-Adriatico race Tuesday, finishing 23 seconds ahead of Tour de France runner-up Chris Froome.

Alberto Contador was third overall, 52 seconds back. World champion Tony Martin, who rides for Omega Pharma-Quick Step, won the 5.7-mile time trial in 10 minutes, 25 seconds.

Nibali, who rides for Astana, was 12th in the time trial and Froome was sixth.

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