Alberto Contador

  • Chris Froome effectively wins Tour de France 21-07-2013 01:34 AM

    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...
  • Reality of defeat means Contador team priorities change 19-07-2013 11:49 PM

    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...
  • Froome survives in yellow as Contador accepts defeat 19-07-2013 11:14 PM

    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...
  • Chris Froome extends lead in Tour de France 18-07-2013 11:13 PM

    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...
  • Chris Froome wins Stage 17 of Tour de France 17-07-2013 09:41 PM

    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...
  • Alberto Contador risks all to attack Chris Froome on downhill 17-07-2013 12:24 AM

    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...
  • Contador will fight until the end of the Tour 15-07-2013 11:59 PM

    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...
  • Froome strikes back with a bang on Mont Ventoux 14-07-2013 11:51 PM

    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...
  • Contador down as Kittel wins chaotic Tour start 30-06-2013 08:58 AM

    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 25-06-2013 10:39 AM

    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...
  • Contador says Armstrong being humiliated and lynched 25-10-2012 12:20 AM

    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 24-10-2012 04:22 PM

    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 09-02-2012 11:45 AM

    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...
  • Best man won, Armstrong says of Tour de France rival 28-07-2009 04:09 PM

    After winning 2009 Tour de France, Contador had slammed Armstrong. ...