The Double, Not The Tour, Motivator For Contador


By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador said it is the prospect of completing a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double which is motivating him rather than simply winning a third Grand Boucle. The 32-year-old Spaniard won Italy's premier road race back in May and will begin his quest for the double when the Tour begins on Saturday with a … [Read more...]

Contador Aiming For Slow-Burning Giro d’Italia Challenge


By Jean MONTOIS San Lorenzo al Mare, Italy, May 8, 2015 (AFP) - Alberto Contador will begin his bid for a Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double on Saturday aiming to keep out of the limelight for as long as possible in Italy. The 32-year-old Spaniard, who won the Vuelta a Espana for the third time last year, is bidding to become the first person since disgraced Italian … [Read more...]

Ten Years Later, Festina Doping Affair Still Not Forgotten

by Justin Davis BREST, France, July 3, 2008 (AFP) - The Tour de France kicks off here Saturday for what organisers pray will be a scandal-free three weeks of racing. But it will not go unnoticed that this year's July 5-27 race comes 10 years after the Festina doping scandal which almost brought the Tour to its knees - and changed the world's perception of the problem of doping in … [Read more...]