July 24, 2009 |
Alberto Contador all but assured his second Tour de France victory Thursday, winning the race's final time trial while Lance Armstrong moved up one spot to third place. Contador, Armstrong's Astana teammate and the 2007 Tour champion, increased his overall lead in the 18th stage, in which cyclists rode against the clock on the 25-mile course in and around Annecy. The three-week race ends Sunday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
July 24, 2010 |
Alberto Contador of Spain all but won his third Tour de France when he extended his lead over Andy Schleck to 39 seconds following the 52-kilometer individual penultimate stage time trial on Saturday. Contador held an eight-second advantage over his rival going into the timed stage and a strong finish over the final third of the course put the title in his grasp despite a valiant effort from Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, who is now set to finish runner-up for the second consecutive year.
July 23, 2009 |
It would take something very unusual -- crash, illness -- for wraithlike Alberto Contador to lose the Tour de France now. But that doesn't mean the next three days will be boring. Expect Lance Armstrong to fight extra hard in today's 25-mile time trial in Annecy, France, and even more so on Saturday when the tour takes riders up the rocky, steep, brutally hot and desolate Mt. Ventoux. Armstrong probably can't win, but he can aim for the podium when the race ends Sunday in Paris.
July 17, 2010 |
— Defending champion Alberto Contador warned Tour de France race leader Andy Schleck what to expect in the Pyrenees stages with a blistering attack Friday on one of his favorite climbs in Mende. Contador was beaten to the finish line of the 12th stage by fellow Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez, but Contador's move in the last 1.2 miles allowed him to take 10 seconds off the lead of Schleck, whom he now trails by 31 seconds in the overall standings. Contador's right-hand man Alexandre Vinokourov, who went early in a breakaway, took third and forced his Astana teammate's rivals to chase him all day. Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, who all but lost the race last Sunday after a crash, fell off the pace in the final ascent, crossing the line in 57th, 3:35 off the pace.
September 30, 2010 |
Spanish rider Alberto Contador has been provisionally suspended for returning an "adverse analytical finding" of clenbuterol from a urine sample taken during the Tour de France, the International Cycling Union said Thursday. The cyclist, who won his third Tour de France this year, was tested during the second rest day of the race and the second B test had confirmed the presence of clenbuterol, a banned anabolic agent, the UCI said in a statement. "The rider, who had already put an end to his cycling season before the result was known, was nevertheless formally and provisionally suspended as is prescribed by the World Anti-Doping Code," the statement said.
July 23, 2010 |
Andy Schleck is likely to add a third white jersey to his collection as the best young rider in the Tour de France, but he probably will have to wait at least another year to upgrade it to yellow. The Luxembourg rider won the 17th stage of the Tour at the top of the Col du Tourmalet on Thursday, although the 25-year-old's victory was tempered by the knowledge that he had failed in what was considered to be his last chance to topple Alberto Contador, the defending champion and overall leader.