Alberto Contador

In the twilight of his career, Contador proves that panache never goes out of style

After the terrorist attacks of Friday, November 13 in Paris, Alberto Contador made a promise to the French people that, in future, he would refrain from performing his trademark “Pistolero” podium routine in their country to celebrate his victories. The shooting gesture, he explained, might come across as insensitive in the aftermath of that carnage. This …

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Trek-Segafredo convinced Tour de France win is still within Contador’s reach

He’s now 34 years of age and hasn’t won a Grand Tour since the 2015 Giro d’Italia, but Alberto Contador’s new team has faith that the atmosphere at Trek-Segafredo will give him a new edge. Speaking to CyclingTips at the team training camp in Albir, Spain, general manager Luca Guercilena and directeur sportif Steven de …

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Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more

He’s shed sweat, burned calories and generated countless watts of power in the service of Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana, most recently helping the latter to take the 2016 Vuelta a España. Now Rory Sutherland has given an inside glance into the personalities of both Grand Tour champions, saying that the duo have remarkable similarities …

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Commentary: To prevent crashes, UCI should record GC times at 3km to go on sprint stages

Rider safety is a recurring issue that has been put under scrutiny a number of times in recent seasons, and it resurfaced once again during the Vuelta a España. Rather than issues of race vehicle accidents or unsuitable weather conditions, this time the spotlight was on late-race incidents involving GC contenders Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Alberto …

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Contador confirms move to Trek-Segafredo, reaffirms Tour de France is primary goal

Rumours during the Tour de France linking Alberto Contador to a move to Trek-Segafredo have translated into reality, with that team announcing on Thursday that a deal has been finalised. The seven-time Grand Tour winner has inked a contract with the team and will try, once again, to land what would be his third Tour …

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Evolution vs. excitement: Should power meters be banned during races?

Has the use of power meters made professional cycling predictable and unexciting? Two Grand Tour champions at the Vuelta a España think so; one does not. Tuesday, in a press conference held during the Vuelta’s rest day, Alberto Contador was asked — due to his failed tactics on Stage 10 to Lagos de Covadonga — whether he thought …

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Contador describes his Vuelta prospects as ‘complicated’ after stage eight crash

Already behind in the opening week, Alberto Contador has said that his Vuelta a España chances ‘will be complicated’ after hitting the deck at the end of Friday’s stage of the race. The Spaniard, who crashed twice during the Tour before withdrawing with fever, had his build-up for the Vuelta complicated by lingering injuries from …

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Contador evades crash, remains uncertain about form

Already one minute 20 seconds behind chief rival Chris Froome (Sky) in the Vuelta a España, Alberto Contador avoided a further setback in the race on Wednesday when he avoided falling in a big pileup in the finale. “Fortunately, I was able to jump over the leg of a rider that had crashed in front …

Preview: What you should know about the 2016 Vuelta a España

It’s late August, which means it’s time for the third and final Grand Tour of the year: the Vuelta a España. Starting Saturday and running through September 11, the Vuelta is the Grand Tour that attracts the least attention. But with a tough course and a strong start list that includes three Grand Tour champions, this …

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Contador pressing reset again in Spanish Grand Tour: My goal is to fight for Vuelta victory

Seeking to rebound after an illness-provoked withdrawal from the Tour de France, Alberto Contador once again finds himself aiming for Vuelta success to make up for disappointment in France. The Spaniard won on home soil two years ago after crashing out of the Tour de France. He has also used the Vuelta to reboot after …

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