Three-finger salute follows latest Giro win

SPAIN'S Alberto Contador held up three fingers in a defiant gesture on the podium in Milan after winning another Giro d'Italia.

The record books show just two - 2008 and 2015 - but the 32-year-old insists his victory in 2011, which was eventually stripped after he returned a positive drugs test from the 2010 Tour de France, was legitimate.

"For me, I won that Giro d'Italia (in 2011). All the people who have watched it on TV, including people who followed me, agree," Contador said. "That's why I held up three fingers. All the riders know I won; no one has ever said the opposite."

In fact, the Court of Arbitration for Sport did in February 2012, banning him for 18 months and stripping the 2010 Tour de France victory, as well as the following year's Giro.

Contador will now try to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to win the Giro and Tour de France in the same year.