Nutritional Bar Proved To Be Alberto Contador’s Undoing

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

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

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

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

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

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...]

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...]