alberto contador

Audio: Contador ‘doesn’t want to be at the Vuelta just to be there’

Echoing Alberto Contador’s Twitter announcement Wednesday that he was renouncing his planned participation in the Vuelta a España, his spokesman Jacinto Vidarte has expanded upon the reasons why the Spaniard has decided not to take part. “The injury is not really good,” he told CyclingTips. “The most important [factor] is that he doesn’t know how […]


Sean Kelly Tour de France blog: I know exactly how Sagan feels

In his latest Tour de France blog for CyclingTips, four-time Green Jersey winner Sean Kelly analyses the frustration felt by Peter Sagan, assess where he and the team could be going wrong, discusses the withdrawals of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador and weighs up Vincenzo Nibali’s prospects of winning the Tour.


Rocacorba Daily

In this morning’s edition of the Rocacorba Daily news digest: Contador travels back to Madrid for medical assessment – Vuelta not likely; Fabian Cancellara abandons Tour de France to prepare for World Championships; Richie Porte the next Steven Bradbury?; Marianne Vos at Tour de France to promote women’s cycling; Elizabeth Armitstead wins stage 1 of […]


Tinkoff Saxo tangle with Belkin bikes identified as cause of snapped Contador frame

Following hours of speculation and confusion about the circumstances of the crash which took Alberto Contador out of the Tour de France, the Specialized company has clarified how one of the rider’s bikes was broken in half. It has stated categorically that the badly damaged frame shown on French television did not occur in the […]


Nibali takes back yellow as Contador crashes out of the Tour de France

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) has wasted no time reclaiming the yellow jersey he lost on stage 9 of the Tour de France, taking a decisive win on the summit finish to La Planche des Belles Filles on stage 10 and moving back into the overall lead. Overnight leader Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) fought gallantly on the 161km […]


Contador abandons Tour de France due to injury in crash

One of the race’s top favourites, Alberto Contador, has quit the Tour de France approximately 80 kilometres from the end of the stage due to a crash and resulting injury. The Tinkoff Saxo rider went down hard between the first category climbs of the Petit Ballon and the Col du Platzerwasel and had to wait […]


De Jongh explains factors in Contador’s improvement, Riis insists rider can win Tour

The man credited with helping Alberto Contador rediscover his top form, Steven de Jongh, has said that a number of factors were responsible in the Spaniard’s resurgence. The former professional previously worked with Team Sky but was released after he admitted to doping during his career; he then moved to Saxo Tinkoff at the start […]


Roche on Contador: “He has always been focussed…now he is stronger”

Tomorrow is the first major GC showdown of the Tour de France, a difficult stage over some of the same cobbles of Northern France as traversed by the legendary Paris-Roubaix Classic. Alberto Contador is one of those who is aiming to gain time on his rivals, with the Spaniard hoping to perform solidly and also […]


Contador says surge wasn’t bid for yellow jersey, Rogers also speaks

Alberto Contador has said that the pressure he put on close to the finish of stage two of the Tour de France was simply intended to size up his opponents, and that he didn’t have the intention of trying to take the yellow jersey. The Tinkoff Saxo rider ramped up the pace 5.3 kilometres from […]


Tinkoff-Saxo’s Riis and BMC’s Peiper on Contador and van Garderen

Both Tinkoff-Saxo directeur sportif Bjarne Riis and his BMC Racing Team equivalent Allan Peiper have expressed confidence in their respective GC leaders for this Tour de France, saying that each rider has done things well since the Critérium du Dauphiné to arrive in good shape. The duo had contrasting fortunes in the French event; Contador […]