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 […]

2012 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 17: Contador takes GC lead

In an amazing development, Alberto Contador (Saxo) escaped with the break away and grabbed the stage win, taking the GC lead away from Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)

I’m calm because I expect Contador to win, says Vuelta leader

Katusha Team rider and leader of the race Joaquim “Purito” Rodriguez (C) of Spain, Team Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador (R) of Spain and Movistar Team’s Alejandro Valverde of Spain cycle the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between Gijon and Valgrande-Pajares Cuitunigru, September 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) By Alasdair […]

Contador vows to fight to the end in Vuelta

Team Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador of Spain cycles during the 16th stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between Gijon and Valgrande-Pajares Cuitunigru, September 3, 2012. (REUTERS/Joseba Etxaburu) By Alasdair Fotheringham COMILLAS, Spain, Sept 4 (Reuters) – Spain’s Alberto Contador said on Tuesday he would pull out all the stops in […]

Contador fails to dent Rodriguez’s lead

Caja Rural rider Antonio Piedra of Spain (L) cycles during the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between La Robla and Lagos de Covadonga, September 2, 2012. (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal) By Alasdair Fotheringham LAGOS DE COVADONGA, Spain, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Five blistering attacks by Spain’s Alberto Contador on the emblematic […]

2012 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 14: Rodriguez vs Contador

Once again, it came down to a battle between Alberto Contador (Saxo) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha), who had the legs to increase his race lead to 22 seconds.

2012 Vuelta a Espana Stage 12: Rodriguez beats Contador

After the crash, Alberto Contador (Saxo) and Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) fought for the stage win, as Rodriguez took it with time bonuses to lead the GC by 13 seconds.

2012 Vuelta a Espana Stage 11: Contador moves into 2nd

With a big 2nd place finish in the time trial, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) is now just one second behind the GC leader Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha).