Alberto Contador Will Not Race Vuelta a Espana

SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador admitted Wednesday that he will not be able to compete at the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on August 23. The Spaniard was forced out of the Tour de France just over a week ago on Bastille Day. The two-time Tour winner crashed hard on a descent and suffered a broken shinbone. He had hoped to join fellow former Tour … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Avoid Surgery On Broken Shinbone

BESANéON, France, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will not undergo an operation to repair his broken shinbone, he said in a statement. Contador crashed badly on a descent during Monday's tough mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles and was forced to quit the Tour in tears and pain shortly afterwards. There had … [Read more...]

Nutritional Bar Proved To Be Alberto Contador’s Undoing

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BESANéON, France, July 15, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador has revealed that he came a cropper at the Tour de France because he was trying to eat. The two-time former winner crashed on a fast descent on Monday's 10th stage and suffered a broken shinbone, forcing him to pull out of the Tour. The Spaniard is known as one of the better descenders in the peloton but it was the desire to … [Read more...]

A Tearful Alberto Contador Out Of Tour de France After Crash

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LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) - Former two-time winner Alberto Contador was in tears as he pulled out of the Tour de France on Monday after crashing badly on the tough 10th stage. The Spaniard's withdrawal was the second major abandonment of the 101st edition of the Grand Boucle following that of reigning champion Chris Froome last Wednesday. Contador … [Read more...]

The Top 5 Tour de France Contenders For The GC

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LEEDS, United Kingdom, July 02, 2014 (AFP) - The 101st edition of the Tour de France begins in Leeds on Saturday with Chris Froome as the reigning champion. Here AFP looks at the top five pretenders to the throne: Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky The Kenyan-born Briton and reigning champion remains the overall Tour favourite but not to the same degree as … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador To Test Froome At Tour de France

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN PARIS, July 01, 2014 (AFP) - Alberto Contador's return to top form this year has sparked hopes that the Tour de France yellow jersey battle against Chris Froome will go down to the wire. The last two years have seen Team Sky dominate the race with their leader securing a comfortable victory that almost never looked in doubt. In 2012 it was Bradley … [Read more...]

Andrew Talansky Beats Contador At The Dauphine

COURCHEVEL, France, June 15, 2014 (AFP) - American Andrew Talansky picked up the biggest victory of his career as he won the Criterium de Dauphine after an epic battle against Spanish double Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Sunday. The 25-year-old Garmin rider from Miami came home fourth on the eighth and final stage behind the day's winner Mikel Nieve of Spain, but crucially … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador Grabs Dauphine Lead For Froome

FINHAUT EMOSSON, Switzerland, June 14, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador grabbed the lead in the Criterium du Dauphine on Saturday with a desperate attack on the final climb of stage seven that leaves Britain's Chris Froome trailing by eight seconds. The double Tour de France winner, laid down a psychological marker for this year's race, as he attacked Froome with 2km to run on a … [Read more...]

Froome Battles Alberto Contador At Criterium du Dauphine

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COL DU BEAL, France, June 09, 2014 (AFP) - Britain's defending champion Chris Froome of Team Sky made it two wins in two days when he won Monday's second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Spanish arch-rival Alberto Contador. After victory in Sunday's opening time-trial stage, Froome ensured himself of the race leader's yellow jersey on the 156km second stage that ended with … [Read more...]

Chris Froome Blasts Anti-Doping Authorities

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PARIS, May 29, 2014 (AFP) - Tour de France champion Chris Froome has blasted anti-doping authorities for failing to test riders at altitude training in Tenerife. Froome, 28, is one of several Tour contenders who use Tenerife's Mount Teide to help prepare for the gruelling climbs in July's race. But the Team Sky rider said he was stunned not to have been tested there during a … [Read more...]