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.

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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.

Armstrong ahead of Contador…but only on our plane

July 13, 2009

Tarbes-Lourdes airport, Sunday, around 6pm.

Lance Armstrong is greeted by massive cheers as he enters the airport before boarding the plane taking the Tour de France riders to Limoges for their first rest day.

Contador attack signalled end of phoney war with Armstrong

July 11, 2009

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Enough with the nagging mind games: that’s basically what Alberto Contador told Lance Armstrong when he moved ahead of the American with a brutal attack in the final ascent of the Tour de France seventh stage.

Contador proves his point to Armstrong, Astana

July 10, 2009

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Alberto Contador made a point to Lance Armstrong and the rest of the Astana team with a thrilling break at the end of the seventh stage of the Tour de France on Friday.

Live blogging the Tour: Armstrong suffers agonising near miss

July 7, 2009

armstrongLance Armstrong was agonisingly close  to taking the yellow jersey for first time since his last Tour de France triumph in 2005.