Alberto Contador Wins The Tour Of The Basque Country

MADRID, April 12, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour of the Basque Country for the third time on Saturday as Germany's Tony Martin claimed his second stage win in the individual time-trial. A two-time winner of the Tour de France, 31-year-old Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) had led the race from the first day and finished in style as he ended the 25.9km time trial around … [Read more...]

Contador Predicts Close Fight With Valverde

Alberto Contador held on to the lead in Vuelta a Pais Vasco, but gave 2 seconds at the finish line to Valverde, now 12 seconds behind Contador. - It would have been better not to lose time to Alejandro, but in the end the group has broken. It was a very different climb than usually because of the very strong headwind and the mediocre gradient. On the first pass I saw it and I noticed a right … [Read more...]

Contador Takes Tour of Basque Country Stage One

MADRID, April 07, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) won the first stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday following a 153.4km ride around Ordizia in northern Spain. The 31-year-old Spaniard came home 14 seconds clear of Movistar rider and compatriot Alejandro Valverde after the two men broke clear of the pack 8km from home. … [Read more...]

Fit-Again Froome Ready For Contador In Tour Catalonia

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by Kieran CANNING MADRID, March 23, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France winner Chris Froome will race against Alberto Contador for the first time this season when the seven-stage Tour of Catalonia gets under way on Monday. Both men have been in fine early season form as Froome eased to victory in the Tour of Oman, whilst Contador won the Tirreno-Adriatico 'Race of the Two Seas' last … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Triumphs At Tirreno-Adriatico With Great Form

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MILAN, March 18, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador signaled his return to form by securing overall victory at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race following the final time trial on Tuesday. Italian Adriano Malori (Movistar) won the concluding stage of the 'Race of the Two Seas', a flat 9.1 km race against the clock which finished on the palm tree-lined … [Read more...]

Cavendish Cruises To Tirreno-Adriatico Win, Contador Retains Lead

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MILAN, March 17, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France sprint king Mark Cavendish cruised to victory in the sixth and penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday, with Spaniard Alberto Contador retaining the overall lead. Following a crash in the final bend caused by a Lampre rider and which took down another from the Lotto team, Cavendish went on to surge from behind the wheels of three … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Climbs Into Tirreno-Adriatico Leader Jersey

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MILAN, March 16, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador capped a spectacular day of racing on the fifth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico to claim his second successive stage win and take the race leader's jersey on Sunday. A day after winning stage four, the two-time Tour de France winner was in imperious form on the 190 km stage from Amatrice to Guardiagrele where he came over the line solo … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Wins Tirreno-Adriatico Stage Four

ROME, March 15, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff team closed the gap on race leader Michal Kwiatkowski by winning the fourth stage of the the Tirreno-Adriatico race on Saturday. The two-time Tour de France winner finished just ahead of Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Spaniard Daniel Moreno (Katusha) after the 244km run from Indicatore to Cittareale … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Targets Tony Martin at Tour of Algarve

LISBON, Feb 18, 2014 (AFP) - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and world champion Rui Alberto Costa from Portugal will be hoping to unseat defending champion Tony Martin at this year's Tour of the Algarve which gets underway on Wednesday. The five-stage race is the first race of the year for Contador, whom defending Tour de France champion Christopher Froome has singled out … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Eyes Tour and Vuelta Double

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MADRID, Oct 10, 2013 (AFP) - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is targeting victory in both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana in 2014 after investment firm Saxo Bank increased its commitment to sponsor the Danish team led by former Tour winner Bjarne Riis. Saxo Bank will become the sole name for the team formally known as Saxo-Tinkoff after Russian businessman Oleg Tinkov … [Read more...]