Alberto Contador

  • Chris Froome effectively wins Tour de France July 21, 2013

    Annecy-Semnoz, France: Chris Froome retained his big race lead on Saturday to all but ensure he will become Britain's second consecutive Tour de France champion. Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour, a year after...
  • Reality of defeat means Contador team priorities change July 19, 2013

    France: The brutal reality of defeat became clear to twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and his Saxo-Tinkoff team on Thursday night after the Spaniard again lost time to race leader Chris Froome. "We had a meeting all together yesterday after the stage and we had to admit that there...
  • Froome survives in yellow as Contador accepts defeat July 19, 2013

    France: Chris Froome had his maiden Tour de France title within reach on Friday after the Briton survived the 204.5-km 19th stage and Alberto Contador's camp conceded defeat. Team Sky rider Froome leads Spaniard Contador by five minutes 11 seconds with two stages left, one being Sunday's parade to the Champs-Elysées. "It...
  • Chris Froome extends lead in Tour de France July 18, 2013

    L'Alpe d'Huez, France: Christophe Riblon became the first Frenchman to win a Tour de France stage this year and Chris Froome boosted his overall lead despite a late struggle on Thursday's 18th stage. Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen with about a mile left on the second ride up L'Alpe d'Huez,...
  • Chris Froome wins Stage 17 of Tour de France July 17, 2013

    Chorges, France: Chris Froome narrowly beat Alberto Contador to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France in a rainy time-trial and extend his overall lead on Wednesday. The British rider was slower than Contador on the first part of the undulating 32-kilometer (20-mile) course, from Embrun to Chorges in...
  • Alberto Contador risks all to attack Chris Froome on downhill July 17, 2013

    France: Alberto Contador showed he was prepared to risk everything to win the Tour de France on Tuesday, crashing on the final descent as he tried to attack overall leader Chris Froome. Team Sky rider Froome, who was on Contador's wheel, had to move round the Spaniard and briefly went off...
  • Contador will fight until the end of the Tour July 15, 2013

    Avignon, France: Alberto Contador has already won the Tour de France twice and the Spaniard is not ready to settle for second this time even though he enters the final week of the race trailing overall leader Chris Froome by more than four minutes. Contador, who won the Tour in 2007...
  • Froome strikes back with a bang on Mont Ventoux July 14, 2013

    Mont Ventoux: Chris Froome moved closer to a maiden Tour de France title with an awe-inspiring victory on top of the intimidating Mont Ventoux, pulling away from his rivals in brutal fashion seven kilometres from the finish on Sunday. The British rider stayed rooted to his saddle as he left Alberto...
  • Contador down as Kittel wins chaotic Tour start June 30, 2013

    Bastia, France: Double champion Alberto Contador took a spectacular tumble as the Tour de France got off to a chaotic start with German Marcel Kittel winning a crash-marred opening stage on Saturday. The Orica GreenEdge team bus got stuck under the finish-line banner as a speeding peloton was approaching and...
  • Froome vs Contador could make 100th Tour de France a classic June 25, 2013

    Paris: Chris Froome is overwhelming favourite for the Tour de France but the return of former winner Alberto Contador after a one-year hiatus could trigger a classic duel to mark the 100th edition of the great cycling race. It will also be the first Tour since American Lance Armstrong was stripped...
  • Contador says Armstrong being humiliated and lynched October 25, 2012

    Paris: Spaniard Alberto Contador expressed support on Wednesday for disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong saying the American was being "humiliated and lynched" by doping accusations which have led to the stripping of his seven Tour de France titles. "It seems to me that at certain times and in certain places Lance...
  • Tour de France unveils special route for centenary October 24, 2012

    Paris: While the sports world comes to terms with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Tour de France organisers unveiled a mountainous, prestigious route for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race on Wednesday. The 2013 Tour, which will start from Corsica, will take l'Alpe d'Huez's 21 hairpins twice...
  • Spain federation to sue French TV for Nadal joke February 9, 2012

    Madrid: The Spanish tennis federation said it plans to sue a French TV channel for using its logo in a video that poked fun at Rafael Nadal. In the video skit on the satirical programme called The Puppets, a life-size cartoon figure of Nadal is shown urinating into a gas tank...
  • Best man won, Armstrong says of Tour de France rival July 29, 2009

    Just a day after winning the most gruelling race on earth, the Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has lashed out at his Astana team-mate Lance Armstrong. While a lot of bad blood developed between these two men, Lance Armstrong, a seven time winner of the Tour de France spoke...
  • Tour de France winner Contador slams Armstrong July 28, 2009

    Madrid: Tour de France winner Alberto Contador found the time he spent off the road with Astana team mate Lance Armstrong tougher than the race itself, the Spaniard said on Monday. The 26-year-old picked up his second Tour title in Paris on Sunday, finishing ahead of Luxembourg's Andy Schleck and Armstrong...
  • Alberto Contador wins 2009 Tour de France July 27, 2009

    New Delhi: Nothing was ever going to upstage Alberto Contador of winning his second Tour de France title for he only had to finish the stage. He finished at 97th place on the stage, but was officially given an overall winning time of 85 hours 48 minutes and 35 seconds...
  • Contador wins Tour de France on Armstrong's return July 26, 2009

    Paris: Alberto Contador emerged as the new cycling boss on Sunday when the Spaniard wrapped up his second Tour de France title on the Champs-Elysees on Lance Armstrong's return to the race. The 26-year-old Contador stayed safe in the main bunch as the last stage, over 164 km from Montereau Fault-Yonne,...
  • Spain's Alberto Contador wins Tour de France July 30, 2007

    New Delhi: The controversy-ridden Tour de France is finally over and Spaniard Alberto Contador is the new champion. He is the youngest tour winner since Jan Ulrich in 1997. The final 146-kilometer stretch from Marcoussis to Paris was uneventful and the action kicked off towards the end as the peloton approached...
  • Benatti wins stage 17, Contador gets yellow jersey July 27, 2007

    New Delhi: Italian Daniele Benatti, of the Lampre team, won the 188.5 kilometer stage 17 of the Tour de France even as the biggest cycling event came to terms with the expulsion of race leader Michael Rasmussen. The Italian took four hours and 14 minutes to complete the stage after which...
  • Vinokourov wins stage 15 of Tour de France July 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Kazakhstan's Alexandre Vinokourov has won the 196 kilometer stage 15 of the Tour de France on Monday The 33-year-old Kazakh saw off the challenge from Kim Kirchen of T-Mobile and Spaniard Haimar Zubeldia who finished second and third for his second victory of the year. They both trailed Vinokourov...