Contador

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Not so Busy Season

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador came fourth in the 2013 Tour de France. The 2007 winner of the international cycling completion said however that he would not be defending his Vuelta a España championship.

The 2012 winner of the Vuelta spoke after the Tour de France although the decision then had not been final. He later confirmed it when speaking to MARCA, a Spanish daily. He explained that he had not planed on participating in the Vuelta a España and had no interest in defending his crown.

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Contador comes in third

Alberto Contador’s riding in third at the Clasika Primavera was a kind of consolation prize for him in the wake of a tough week of racing at the Basque Country in Spain.

It was Rui Costa of Movistar who took home the laurels at the 176 km one day race of Clasika Primavera and it was double delight for Movistar as Nairo Quintana of the same team scored an impressive overall win at the Vuelta al País Vasco, one of the most well known six-day races.

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CONTADOR ON FOR SECOND TOUR

Juan Manuel Garate took the stage win atop the mythic Mont Ventoux today. The Spanish climber out-sprinted Tony Martin of Columbia-HTC after the two attacked from the early breakaway. Garate’s win gave his Rabobank team their first victory in this Tour de France after three weeks of frustration and near-misses.

Garate and Martin benefited from the tactical maneuverings among the general classification favorites, who remained locked together. Alberto Contador defended his Yellow Jersey and tomorrow will celebrate his second ever Tour de France victory.

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ALBERTO ADDS TIME

Alberto Contador lit up the roads around Annecy today and took his second stage win in this year’s Tour de France. The 2007 Tour de France winner also added to his lead in the general classification, and now holds an advantage of 4:11 over second placed Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank.

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CONTADOR RIDES AWAY

Alberto Contador rode away from the field today on the final climb to Verbier. The Spanish climber, who won the 2007 Tour de France, won the stage and took over the race lead.

His team-mate American Lance Armstrong suffered on the climb, but still holds second in the general classification. Bradley Wiggins of Garmin-Slipstream now sits third 1:46 behind Alberto Contador.

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CONTADOR KING OF VERBIER

Astana’s Alberto Contador won the day and the maillot jaune on Sunday, riding away from a small group of favorites on the final climb in stage 15 of the Tour de France.

Contador used the Category 1 climb to Verbier to settle accounts with teammate Lance Armstrong and the rest of his rivals for the overall victory, rocketing away to win by more than 40 seconds over Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck, who collected the white jersey for the best young rider in the process. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) finished third.

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