Cadel Evans of Silence Lotto Gets Number One Bib For 2008 Tour de France

PARIS, June 30, 2008 (AFP) - Australian rider Cadel Evans of the Silence team has been handed the top bib of number one, traditionally reserved for the winner of previous year's Tour de France or his team, organizers said Monday. Evans, runner-up in the 2007 Tour de France, has benefited from the absence of last year's winner Alberto Contador of Spain and the dissolution of his Discovery … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador States That He Considers Himself One Of The Greats

MADRID, June 3, 2008 (AFP) - Recently-crowned Tour of Italy champion Alberto Contador said on Tuesday that he could be considered one of the greats of the sport. The 25-year-old Spaniard added the Giro to his 2007 Tour de France title and is looking to win the Tour of Spain in September, though, he will not be able to defend his Tour de France championship because his Astana team … [Read more...]

“The Best Way To Thank Kazakhstan” Says The Maglia Rosa, Alberto Contador of Astana

Three days after capturing the 91st Giro d’Italia title, Alberto Contador gets his deserved rest. The last days were well filled with celebrations. At a press meeting in Pinto, he was quick to react regarding the definite position of ASO excluding Astana Cycling Team from participation in this year's Tour de France. “Honestly, I did not expect it any more. I only have the impression that … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador of Astana Building Form As Slipstream Pull On Pink

by Jean Montois PALERMO, Italy, May 10, 2008 (AFP) - Spaniard Alberto Contador admitted he will be looking to finetune his form in the coming weeks if he is to become a real contender for the Giro d'Italia crown. Contador was among the pre-race favourites for the Giro's pink jersey who were counting their comparative losses after the opening stage Saturday - a team time trial won … [Read more...]

Cycling: Tour of Murcia results

MADRID, March 7, 2008 (AFP) - Tour of Murcia results here on Thursday after the fourth stage, a 23.1km time-trial between Alhama and Aledo: Stage 1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 33:32, 2. Stefano Garzelli (ITA) at 02, 3. Alberto Contador (ESP) 06, 4. Branislau Samoilau (BLR) 07, 5. Inigo Cuesta (ESP) 09. Overall 1. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) 13hr 23min 11sec, 2. Stefano … [Read more...]

Birthday Boy Ruben Plaza of Benfica Wins In Valencia

Birthday boy Plaza wins in Valencia       MADRID, March 1, 2008 (AFP) - Ruben Plaza, riding with the Benfica team, won the Tour of the Valencia Community on Saturday to celebrate his birthday in style.    Plaza, who turned 28 on Friday, triumphed on home ground after the fifth and final stage, a 149.km ride around Valencia which was won by Italian Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint … [Read more...]

Operation Puerto affair reopened

MADRID, Feb 14, 2008 (AFP) - The Operation Puerto blood-doping affair involving about 60 cyclists and which erupted in May 2006, has been reopened, Madrid prosecutors' said on Thursday. A raid on the Madrid laboratory of Dr Eufemiano Fuentes uncovered doping products, bags of blood and codenames which appeared to link top athletes to a highly-organised system of doping via blood … [Read more...]

Kloeden furious at Astana’s Tour rejection

Kloeden furious at Astana's Tour rejection by Ryland James BERLIN, Feb 14, 2008 (AFP) - German cyclist Andreas Kloeden has reacted angrily to the news his Astana team - including reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador - have been barred from competing in this year'srace. On Wednesday, Astana were officially barred from the 2008 Tour this July as a result of doping scandals … [Read more...]

Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer of Astana kicked out of Tour de France

Alberto Contador and Levi Leipheimer Astana kicked out of Tour de France PARIS, Feb 13, 2008 (AFP) - The Astana team of reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador have been barred from competing in this year's race as a result of doping scandals over the past two years, organisers confirmed on Wednesday. ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) said that given "the damage caused by this team … [Read more...]

Tour de France Winner Alberto Contador May Not Be Guaranteed 2008 Start

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador not guaranteed 2008 place Feb 1, 2008 (AFP) - Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador, who has signed for the disgraced Astana team, will not be a guaranteed a starting place in the 2008 race. Patrice Clerc, the president of Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) which oversees the epic competition, said that selection for the Tour de France … [Read more...]