Contador to take part in Ardennes classics

PARIS, April 15 (Reuters) – Alberto Contador will ride in the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege one-day races this week after considering skipping them because of fatigue, the double Tour de France champion said on Monday. “(My team) Saxo Tinkoff wanted me to be there and these are races everybody likes to take part in, even […]

Contador rules out Giro and will focus on Tour de France

Alberto Contador (ESP) during stage twenty one of the 2011 Tour de France between Creteil and Paris. (Stephane Mantey/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE) MADRID, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Alberto Contador is not planning to ride the Giro d’Italia in May and will focus fully on the Tour de France starting at the end of June, […]

Contador ready for ‘war’ as Vuelta unveils punishing route

Spanish cyclists Alberto Contador, left, the winner of the 2012 “Vuelta a Espana,” Alejandro Valverde, centre right, and Joaquim “Purito” Rodríguez,right, seen after the unveiling of the 2013 cycling classic La Vuelta route in Vigo, Spain, Saturday Jan. 12, 2013. The event will start on Aug. 24 in Vilanova de Arousa, Pontevedra, and will finish […]

Contador and UCI reach ‘amicable accord’ on fine

MADRID, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Alberto Contador and the International Cycling Union (UCI) have agreed on the size of the fine the Spaniard will pay after being found guilty of a doping offense, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday. The “amicable settlement” between the UCI and Contador, who was stripped of […]

Contador’s team get World Tour status, Katusha rejected

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador’s Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank team were granted an automatic spot for the top cycling races of 2013, at the expense of world number one Joaquim Rodriguez’s Katusha team on Monday. “The request from the team Katusha for registration in the first division has been […]

Contador says Armstrong being “humiliated and lynched”

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador attends the presentation of the itinerary of the 2013 Tour de France cycling race in Paris, October 24, 2012. The 100th Tour de France route, with 21 stages, features 3 time trials, will start from June 29, 2013 in Porto-Vecchio in Corsica, take l’Alpe d’Huez’s 21 hairpins twice in the same […]

Contador winds down season with big win in Italy

Alberto Contador of Spain (C), Mark Cavendish (R) and Bradley Wiggins of Britain ride during the Men’s Elite Road Race at the UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg, September 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Bas Czerwinski/Pool) Contador, Gilbert and Wiggins to Race in Saturday’s Giro di Lombardia – Watch LIVE After a stunning victory at last week’s UCI […]

Contador reinforces position as stage race king

Team Saxo Bank rider and leader of the race Alberto Contador of Spain cycles during the 21st stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between Cercedilla and Madrid, September 9, 2012. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) By Alasdair Fotheringham MADRID, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Spain’s Alberto Contador reinforced his status as the world’s leading stage-race […]

Contador poised to win fifth Grand Tour of his career

Katusha Team rider Denis Menchov of Russia crosses the finish line to win the 20th stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between La Faisanera Golf and Bola del Mundo, September 8, 2012. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) By Alasdair Fotheringham BOLA DEL MUNDO, Spain, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Spain’s Alberto Contador is poised to […]

Contador returns to winning ways in Vuelta

Team Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador of Spain crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between Santander and Fuente De, September 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) By Alasdair Fotheringham FUENTE DE, Spain, Sept 5 – A surprise attack netted Alberto Contador a stage win and […]