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Giro/Tour double career-changing: Contador (Reuters)
July 02, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - The Giro/Tour de France double would be a career-changing achievement, Alberto Contador said on Thursday as he embarks on a the world's greatest cycling race less than two months after winning in Italy. The Spaniard, who has won seven grand tours since his maiden Tour title in 2007, is one of four pre-race favorites along with Britain's Chris Froome, Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Nairo Quintana. The last rider to win the Giro and the Tour in the same season was the late Marco Pantani in 1998. More...
Cycling-Giro/Tour double career-changing - Contador (Reuters)
July 02, 2015 (18:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 2 (Reuters) - The Giro/Tour de France double would be a career-changing achievement, Alberto Contador said on Thursday as he embarks on a the world's greatest cycling race less than two months after winning in Italy. The Spaniard, who has won seven grand tours since his maiden Tour title in 2007, is one of four pre-race favourites along with Britain's Chris Froome, Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Nairo Quintana. The last rider to win the Giro and the Tour in the same season was the late Marco Pantani in 1998. More...
Giro/Tour double career-changing: Contador (Reuters)
July 02, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands (Reuters) - The Giro/Tour de France double would be a career-changing achievement, Alberto Contador said on Thursday as he embarks on a the world's greatest cycling race less than two months after winning in Italy. The Spaniard, who has won seven grand tours since his maiden Tour title in 2007, is one of four pre-race favorites along with Britain's Chris Froome, Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Nairo Quintana. The last rider to win the Giro and the Tour in the same season was the late Marco Pantani in 1998. More...
Cycling-Giro/Tour double career-changing - Contador (Reuters)
July 02, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
By Julien Pretot UTRECHT, Netherlands, July 2 (Reuters) - The Giro/Tour de France double would be a career-changing achievement, Alberto Contador said on Thursday as he embarks on a the world's greatest cycling race less than two months after winning in Italy. The Spaniard, who has won seven grand tours since his maiden Tour title in 2007, is one of four pre-race favourites along with Britain's Chris Froome, Italian defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Colombian Nairo Quintana. The last rider to win the Giro and the Tour in the same season was the late Marco Pantani in 1998. More...
Contador has yellow on his mind as he eyes 3rd Tour title (The Associated Press)
July 02, 2015 (18:00) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) -- Tour de France contender Alberto Contador's serious-looking face cracked into a beaming smile during a lighthearted moment at his pre-race news conference on Thursday, when he was joined by an unexpected guest. More...
Contador has yellow on his mind as he eyes 3rd Tour title
July 02, 2015 (17:45) [ Indexed from New Zealand Herald ]
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) " Tour de France contender Alberto Contador's serious-looking face cracked into a beaming smile during a lighthearted moment at his pre-race news conference on Thursday, when he was joined by an unexpected... More...
News Shorts: Nibali, Contador and others recon the Tour de France pav
July 02, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nibali, Contador and others recon the pav one last time For the second year running, the Tour de France will include sectors of pav andplenty of teams have been heading out for some final recon rides ahead of the Grand Dpart on Saturday. The chaos that ensued last year during the rain-soaked cobbled stage, where Vincenzo Nibali stamped his authority on the general classification, is sure to be looming large in the minds of many riders. Nibali was back on the cobbles on Wednesday, as were plenty of riders he dropped that day, including Alberto Contador and Romain Bardet. Joining Astana, Tinkoff-Saxo, and AG2R in packing in the preparation were Nairo Quintana's Movistar, and Lampre-Merida, among others.ADVERTISEMENT The cobbles in this year's Tour come on stage 4 from Seraing to Cambrai, where seven sectors await, some of which formed part of this year's Paris-Roubaix. The Tour de France in numbers You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Tinkoff-Saxo target yellow and green with Contador and Sagan
June 30, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador and Peter Sagan will headline the Tinkoff-Saxo team at this years Tour de France. Contador will be aiming to become the first rider since 1998 to win both the Giro and the Tour in the same season, while Sagan is targeting his fourth consecutive green jersey. An experienced line-up, including Michael Rogers, Roman Kreuziger, Ivan Basso and Matteo Tosatto will be there to support the duo. Contador won the Giro dItalia last month in convincing style, beating home favourite Fabio Aru (Astana). He proved that he was still in top shape with overall victory and a stage win at the Route du Sud, beating fellow Tour contender Nairo Quintana (Movistar). Contador will be targeting his third Tour de France title " excluding the 2010 race, which was scratched from his palmars. The last time that Contador rode both Grand Tours in the same season, he won the Giro but would go onto finish fifth at the Tour. However, those results too were removed from the record when he was banned following a positive test for Clenbuterol. If he does take victory in Paris, he would become only the eighth rider to win the Giro dItalia and Tour de France in the same year.ADVERTISEMENT This years Tour will be Peter Sagans first Grand Tour appearance in Tinkoff-Saxo colours, after his move from Cannondale over the winter. After a decidedly shaky start to the season, Sagan has stepped things up a notch in June with two stage wins at the Tour de Suisse " which make him the overall record holder " and national titles in the time trial and road race. Another green jersey would put him equal second with Sean Kelly in the record books and two away from Erik Zabels six in a row. Rule changes could make Sagans defence a little harder and, unlike previous years, he is not the teams main focus. Its pretty obvious that our chief goal is to win the Tour with Alberto, said directeur sportif Steven de Jongh. We have our full attention on pulling on the yellow jersey in Paris and we are well aware of the fact that it will be a formidable challenge against many strong rivals. Additionally we will support Peter Sagan to win stages, whenever its possible and that depends on the situation on each stage. Basso, Rogers, Tosatto and Kreuziger all follow Contador in riding both the Giro and the Tour, giving Tinkoff-Saxo one of the most experienced line-ups at the race. Tosatto will be making his 32nd Grand Tour appearance and his depth of knowledge came in handy during the Giro, when Contador was left without a bike following a late crash on stage 13. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador: People saying Giro-Tour double is impossible motivates me even more
June 30, 2015 (13:45) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the Tour de France start in Utrecht just a few days away, Alberto Contador has told Spanish newspaper El Pas that When I hear people say the Giro dItalia-Tour de France double is impossible, it motivates me even more. Contador has been named as team leader for Tinkoff-Saxo and will have vital support from a team of veterans that includes Ivan Basso, Roman Kreuziger, Michael Rogers and Matteo Tosatto. Peter Sagan is also in the team. He will target stage victories but may have to sacrifice hopes of winning another green points jersey to help Contador complete his Giro-Tour double. Already the winner of the Giro dItalia in May, Contador is aiming to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to take both Grand Tours in the same year. Should Contador win the Tour, there would be an eight-year margin between his first victory and 2015. That gap is second only to the time between Gino Bartalis two Tour de France triumphs, which were taken ten years apart in 1948 and 1958.ADVERTISEMENT I hope I can do that, Contador said. Ive been looking at the type of riders who have been with me on different [Grand Tour] podiums, from time triallists like Cadel Evans to climbers like Andy Schleck, more recent appearances like Chris Froome and now younger riders who are coming through. Thats three generations. That Ive been able to remain a favourite since 2007 fills me with pride. Contador would be becoming the eighth rider in history to complete professional cyclings toughest double. Its a personal challenge and a big dream. The Tour is the most important race, the one that changes your life and I can vouch for that. Until you win it, you dont really realise how important it is, but on the other hand one more Tour victory more - or one less - would not make my career more memorable, he explained. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
inCycle video: Could Contador do the Giro dItalia and Tour de France double?
June 28, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Only seven riders in the history of the sport have managed the Giro dItalia andTour de France double but next month Alberto Contador will aim to become the eighth as he begins the second part of his 2015 quest. The Spaniard, who won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009 before being stripped of a third title in 2010 after a positive test for clenbuterol, has already added the 2015 Giro dItalia to his palmares after a dominant performance in May but the Tour is sure to throw up a new set of challenges. Not since the late Marco Pantani has a rider been able to win both races in a single season and in Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and defending champion Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Contador will up against the strongest rival GC riders in the peloton. The 2015 Tour de France route certainly favours the climbers but only time, a difficult opening ten days of the race, and the mountains will determine if Contador can make history.ADVERTISEMENT inCycle caught up with journalists Alexandre Roos (L'Equipe), Daniel Friebe (Procycling) and Ciro Scognamiglio (La Gazzetta dello Sport) to discuss Contadors chances. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Video: Top 10 contenders for the Tour de France
June 27, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Just eight days remain until the Tour de France gets underway in Utrecht on July 4th. The 2015 edition of the race boasts one of the strongest line-ups with all of the big-four lining up. As the defending champion, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) will be the rider with the number one on his back, as Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) all hoping to stop him from claiming his second title. After 30 years without a winner, the French come with one of their strongest line-ups, as Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and AG2R-La Mondiales Jean-Christophe Praud and Romain Bardet all targeting the general classification.ADVERTISEMENT Watch the video below for Cyclingnews full list of contenders for the Tour de France. To subscribe to the Cyclingnews video channel, click here. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Tour de France: Contador recons Pyrenean summit finishes
June 24, 2015 (13:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) has been making the most of his early trip to France by visiting the Tour de Frances Pyrenean climbs. After taking victory in the Pyrenean-based Route du Sud ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar)last weekend, Contador stayed in the region to take a closer look at the summit finishes of La Pierre Saint Martin, Cauterets and Plateau de Beille. On Monday, Contador posted a picture of himself in a team car with the caption Buenos dias a tod@s, ya en marcha, hoy reconocimiento de pirineos. Good morning all, today Pyrenees recosnising [sic] #Tour. Contador is already familiar with some of the parcours, as he had paid a visit Cauterets ahead of his ride at the Route du Sud. He also claimed victory on the Plateau de Beille en route to winning the 2007 Tour de France, beating Michael Rasmussen in a sprint to the line. The victory on the hors catgorie climb was his first of three stage wins at the Tour de France, with two more to come during the 2009 race.ADVERTISEMENT Following his trip into the high mountains, the Spaniard's thoughts now turn to recovering ahead of the start of the Tour in Utrecht on July 4. Basically, I am focused on my efforts to recover, Contador told Spanish newspaper AS. The four days of competition in France were really good to get my legs back up to speed and they were quite demanding. Now what I have to do is rest, with a little bit of training but very gently. The work is done, it is important that the body absorbs it. He added: The serious level must be reached in the Tour. The trip to the Pyrenees completes his Tour de France reconnaissance work, after he visited the Alps immediately following his Giro dItalia victory. Contador is aiming to become the first rider since Marco Pantani in 1998 to do the Giro-Tour double and only the eighth in the history of the sport. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Route du Sud win changes nothing, says Contador
June 22, 2015 (13:15) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) says that his successful return to racing at the Route du Sud last week has little bearing on his preparation for the Tour de France. The race was Contadors first since winning the Giro dItalia in May and, rather than trying to fly under the radar, the overall victory is a warning shot to his rivals that the Italian grand tour hasnt dampened his aggression. Hes reluctant to get ahead of himself, though, and says that the next two weeks will be business as usual. "I'm happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn't change anything in view of the Tour de France, Contador said after he sealed the overall victory on Sunday. It would be a mistake to change the mind-set right now, thinking that this win would give me more confidence. We still have another 13 days until the start of the Tour de France and I will keep my focus on my preparation, in order to reach the start in the best shape possible.ADVERTISEMENT While many of the Tour de France contenders were racing elsewhere, Contador chose the lesser-trodden path of the Route du Sud for his preparation. The four-day French race allowed him a two-week break following the Giro dItalia, significantly longer than he would have enjoyed had he gone to the Critrium du Dauphin or the Tour de Suisse. After a promising start to the race, the Spaniard put himself into contention for the overall win on stage three with his attack on the Port de Bals. Bonus seconds included, he went into the final day with a 17-second lead over Nairo Quintana (Movistar), though the Colombian looked like he was keeping his powder dry for his bigger goal next month. Contador was full of praise for his team after the win: It was a hot day and it was about controlling the race and defending our position. The entire team worked hard and I'd like to thank everybody for their effort. I feel proud of them, he said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Quintana avoids a showdown with Contador at the Route du Sud
June 22, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was unable to stay with Tour de France rival Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the descent on the Port de Bals and so missed out on a possible stage victory and overall success at the Route du Sud, giving his rival a first psychological victory in the build-up to the Tour de France. However the Colombian climber insisted he was satisfied with his form and his performances after spending a six weeks away from racing, training at home in Colombia. Contador and Quintana were expected to attack each other the Port de Bals but instead played tactical mind games, almost giving Pierre-Roger Latour (Ag2r-La Mondiale)a chance of a prestigious stage victory.Contador attacked several times, taking jabs at Quintana but the Movistar rider replied each time. However he refused to work to chase down Latour. The trio eventually reached the summit of the Port de Bals together, then Contador managed to open a small gap on the descent to Bagnres-de-Luchon, with some high-speed descending. Quintana missed the moment to go with Contador and opted to avoid taking the same risks just two weeks from the Tour de France. He finished 13 seconds behind, putting him 17 seconds back in the overall classification with only Sundays rolling stage left to race. I'm very satisfied with what my performance; it was a great test, I felt strong, Quintana said in a statement on the Movistar team. Tinkoff drove a high pace all stage long; it was really like a Tour de France stage, with huge speed all the way. Contador made some strong attacks halfway through the climb but I could respond pretty well.ADVERTISEMENT The two Tour de France were seen talking during the climb, with Contador claiming that Quintana refused to work with him to control Latour because he was worried that the Giro dItalia winner was very strong.Quintana offered a different explanation, revealing that he didnt want to be drawn into a head to head fight with Contador on the climb and especially on the testing descent. At some certain point, he (Contador) said that should I take some turns on the front and that he'd let me win the stage. I responded him that I wouldn't take any turns nor attack him, Quintana explained. The roads into the descent were gritty, there was no sense in taking any chances and losing everything. Contador really made a risky descent. As I said before, I'm happy with how I rode: my body responded well to the efforts. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Confident Contador wins Route du Sud (Reuters)
June 22, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Giro winner Alberto Contador slipped nicely into gear ahead of the Tour de France with victory in the four-day Route du Sud on Sunday. The Spaniard, bidding to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to claim the Giro-Tour de France double in the same year, defended his lead on the final stage to finish 17 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana. "I'm happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn't change anything in view of the Tour de France," the Tinkoff-Saxo team captain told reporters. More...
Cycling-Confident Contador wins Route du Sud (Reuters)
June 22, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Giro winner Alberto Contador slipped nicely into gear ahead of the Tour de France with victory in the four-day Route du Sud on Sunday. The Spaniard, bidding to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to claim the Giro-Tour de France double in the same year, defended his lead on the final stage to finish 17 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana. "I'm happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn't change anything in view of the Tour de France," the Tinkoff-Saxo team captain told reporters. More...
Confident Contador wins Route du Sud (Reuters)
June 21, 2015 (23:45) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
(Reuters) - Giro winner Alberto Contador slipped nicely into gear ahead of the Tour de France with victory in the four-day Route du Sud on Sunday. The Spaniard, bidding to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to claim the Giro-Tour de France double in the same year, defended his lead on the final stage to finish 17 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana. "I'm happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn't change anything in view of the Tour de France," the Tinkoff-Saxo team captain told reporters. More...
Cycling-Confident Contador wins Route du Sud (Reuters)
June 21, 2015 (23:15) [ Indexed from Yahoo! Sports ]
Giro winner Alberto Contador slipped nicely into gear ahead of the Tour de France with victory in the four-day Route du Sud on Sunday. The Spaniard, bidding to become the first rider since the late Marco Pantani in 1998 to claim the Giro-Tour de France double in the same year, defended his lead on the final stage to finish 17 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana. "I'm happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn't change anything in view of the Tour de France," the Tinkoff-Saxo team captain told reporters. More...
Tour de France: Cadel Evans analyses the chances of Contador, Nibali, Froome and Quintana
June 21, 2015 (13:00) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
The race for overall victory in this years Tour de France is billed as a four-way fight between Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome. Who will win is a question that will only be answered when the three-week Tour finishes on the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday, July 26. However, the debate over who will do what, has been running for months as riders compete during the 2015 season. Cyclingnews has spoken to Cadel Evans -the first Australian to win the Tour de France in 2011, about the Big Four and how he saw their strengths and challenges for the Tour that starts in Utrecht, the Netherlands on July 4.ADVERTISEMENT Who is Evans' pick for the podium?Nibali, Quintana and Froome. Im not saying in which order though, Evans replied, edging his bets. VINCENZO NIBALI, 30, (Italy/Astana): Winner of 2015 Tour de France, 2013 Giro dItalia and 2010 Vuelta a Espana; 2nd in 2013 Vuelta and 3rd in 2012 Tour de France Best 2015 season results: 12th overall - Criterium du Dauphine, including 2nd in stage 3 team time trial and 2nd in stage 6 to Villard de Lans; 10th overall - Tour de Romandie, including 9th stage 5 to Champex-Lac; 13th Liege-Bastogne-Liege You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...
Contador boosts confidence with queen stage win at Route du Sud
June 21, 2015 (06:30) [ Indexed from Cyclingnews.com ]
With the start of the Tour de France just two weeks away, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) gave himself a boost of confidence when he won the queen stage 3 at the Route du Sud and moved into the overall race lead. After a head-to-head match over the Port de Bals, the Spaniard eventually rode away from his nearest rival Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on the long descent into Bagnres-de-Luchon. I'm very happy with this victory. I strive to win in every race, not just for myself and my team, but also for oursponsors, Contador said in a team press release. The third stage of the Route du Sud included the challenging climb over the Port de Bals, where Contador and Quintana were expected to battle it out for the stage win. However, the pair matched one another on the ascent in pursuit of solo rider Pierre-Roger Latour (Ag2r-La Mondiale), and the three men eventually crested the climb together.ADVERTISEMENT Contador instead gained a gap on the tricky descent that followed, winning the stage by 13 seconds over Quintana. All my teammates did a very good job today and for that reason I had to round off the effort, Contador said. On Port de Bals I was with Quintana and I asked him whether he wanted to collaborate in order to bring Latour back, who was alone at the front. Quintana said he didn't want to because he considered I was very strong. There was still a long way to go but I tried to control the race to the top of the climb. At that point I got a few meters from Quintana and I realized it was a question of gritting my teeth and holding on to the finish line. I staged a few attacks, just enough to be able to control the race, Contador said. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com More...

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