Contador provisionally suspended, cycling holds its breath

September 30, 2010

CYCLING-SAXO/CONTADORTour de France winner Alberto Contador returned an “adverse analytical finding” for clenbuterol following an analysis of a urine sample taken during an in-competition test on the second rest day of July’s race, the International Cycling Union said on Thursday. 

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What’s behind Spain’s run of sporting success?

July 26, 2010

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Spanish sports fans have never had it so good.

The Iberian nation is celebrating its latest triumphs after a month of success that local media have called a golden age.

Armstrong makes good Tour start but what next?

July 4, 2010

“Since I started, I’ve been at the front of my sport,” Lance Armstrong told me before the start of the Tour de France.

Ice cool Contador trains sights on Armstrong

March 18, 2010

CYCLING-TOUR/It looks like Alberto Contador has learned from the master himself, with the Spaniard apparently intent on unsettling the seven-times Tour de France champion with his recent change of schedule.

Contador looks stronger than ever … even in a weaker team

March 15, 2010

SPORT-DECADE/CYCLINGDon’t tell Alberto Contador his team is weak. He won’t like it and he might be right in saying Astana are stronger than some would think.

Can Bradley Wiggins become Britain’s first Tour de France winner?

January 6, 2010

Can Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France?
It’s a simple question with a reasonably simple answer – yes, well maybe. Not necessarily this year but soon, if everything goes right and he stays fit.

Armstrong v Contador – It’s already game on

October 17, 2009

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The Tour de France is still more than eight months from now, but the much-awaited duel between Alberto Contador and his illustrious challenger Lance Armstrong has already begun.
 
The Spanish champion and the American veteran, third this year after an impressive comeback following 3-1/2 years in retirement, both attended the 2010 route presentation in Paris on Wednesday.
 
Seated in the second row of the Palais des Congres, they were only separated by Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck, one of the riders hoping to settle the dispute with victory on the Champs Elysees on July 25.
 
Contador and Armstrong shook hands on Wednesday, but the tension between the two was already palpable.
 
The Spaniard, who has won every Grand Tour he has raced since claiming his first Tour de France in 2007, will be the hot favourite when next year’s event kicks off in Rotterdam.
 
He is the best climber, and Fabian Cancellara — not an overall contender — looks like the only man able to beat him in a time trial.
 
With four stages in the Pyrenees and a total of 23 passes, it is hard to imagine that Armstrong can compete.
 
But the Texan is 38 years old and has the experience that goes along with it.
 
While Contador is still unsure about his future — Astana ? Garmin ? Quick Step ? — former Astana man Armstrong has already set up his new team, bringing Levi Leipheimer and probably Andreas Kloeden to RadioShack.  

Prepare for Pyrenees classic in 2010 Tour de France

October 14, 2009

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One hundred years after first featuring on the Tour map, the Pyrenees could be the scene of a classic battle between Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong.

Live blogging from the Tour de France stage 20

July 25, 2009

rtr2609h1cowAlberto Contador is almost there but the penultimate stage up Mont Ventoux is the toughest climb on the Tour.

Contador is out on his own — literally

July 23, 2009

Alberto Contador is closing in on Tour de France victory having won the 18th stage on Thursday, a time trial in Annecy.