74 Facts About Alberto Contador

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Alberto Contador Velasco is a Spanish former professional cyclist.

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Alberto Contador was known as an attacking rider who excelled as a climber, and on his best days was an excellent time-trialist.

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Alberto Contador was born on 6 December 1982 in Pinto in the Community of Madrid, the third of four children.

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Alberto Contador started to train again at the end of November 2004 and eight months after the surgery he won the fifth stage of the 2005 Tour Down Under racing for Liberty Seguros–Wurth, as the team previously known as ONCE had become.

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Alberto Contador returned to racing in the Vuelta a Burgos but he crashed after finishing fifth in stage 4, when he was riding back down to the team bus, and briefly lost consciousness.

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Consequently, Alberto Contador was unable to defend his Paris–Nice and Tour de France victories.

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Alberto Contador'snext scheduled race and objective was the Criterium du Dauphine Libere but his team received an invite to the Giro d'Italia one week prior to the start of the race.

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Alberto Contador was on a beach in Spain when he was told he was going to ride the Giro.

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At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Alberto Contador competed in the road race and the individual road time trial.

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Alberto Contador entered the Vuelta a Espana as the main candidate to win.

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Alberto Contador won stage 13 by attacking on the fabled Angliru climb and this resulted in him capturing the golden jersey as the leader of the race.

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Alberto Contador later took some offence to Leipheimer seemingly riding with winning the Vuelta in mind, after it had been established earlier in the race that Alberto Contador was Astana's team leader.

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Later in the year, Alberto Contador won the Velo d'Or award for the best rider of the year for the second consecutive season.

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Alberto Contador later claimed the situation was drastically overblown by the media.

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Alberto Contador decided to miss the Giro d'Italia to focus on winning the Tour de France.

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Alberto Contador started his 2009 season at the Volta ao Algarve race in Portugal, winning the overall classification, placing second on stage 3, and winning the decisive 33-kilometre individual time trial.

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Alberto Contador finished fourth overall; he continued his build up to the Tour de France by racing the Criterium du Dauphine Libere.

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Alberto Contador won Stage 15 of the Tour de France by soloing to the finish line more than a minute ahead of most of his closest general classification competitors, and in so doing took the yellow jersey.

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Alberto Contador had won the last four Grand Tour races that he had entered.

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On 31 July, Alberto Contador's agent announced that Alberto Contador had turned down an offer to remain with Astana under a new four-year contract because he had felt so uncomfortable being caught between the Kazakhstan owners of the team on one side and Bruyneel on the other, and he was hoping to leave Astana at the end of the year, although his contract did not expire until the end of 2010.

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Alberto Contador was a favourite coming into the Tour de France, along with Team Saxo Bank's Andy Schleck.

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Hours after the conclusion of the stage, Alberto Contador voiced an apology for his behaviour on his YouTube channel.

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Alberto Contador became the seventh rider to win a Tour de France without winning a stage, but this win was later nullified due to his doping suspension.

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Alberto Contador signed a two-year contract with Saxo Bank–SunGard for the 2011 season, to ride under team manager Bjarne Riis, who revealed that he would like Alberto Contador to try winning all three Grand Tours in one season, a feat never before accomplished.

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25.

Alberto Contador competed in the Giro d'Italia, his first time racing in the Giro since his victory in 2008.

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Alberto Contador won the ninth stage on Mount Etna, his first stage win at the Italian Grand Tour.

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Alberto Contador extended his overall lead to 3 minutes over second place Vincenzo Nibali where he broke away with Jose Rujano on the Grossglockner.

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Alberto Contador aimed to become the first rider to win both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in the same year since Marco Pantani accomplished the feat in 1998.

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Alberto Contador suffered four crashes in the opening nine days of the Tour, injuring his right knee before facing the Pyrenees mountain stages.

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Alberto Contador launched an early attack on the last mountain stage to Alpe d'Huez, reaching the top of Galibier with Schleck, but their effort proved unsuccessful and they were captured by the rest of the main contenders following the long descent from the mountain.

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Alberto Contador launched another attack on the first kilometres of Alpe d'Huez but he was eventually beaten to victory by Pierre Rolland with Samuel Sanchez second.

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32.

Alberto Contador started his season with still no verdict in the clenbuterol case.

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33.

On 8 June it was announced that Alberto Contador would rejoin Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank upon the completion of his ban, signing a contract that would keep him with the team until the end of the 2015 season.

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Consequently, Alberto Contador was named leader of Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank for the Vuelta a Espana.

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35.

Alberto Contador attacked numerous times throughout the mountains in the first sixteen stages of the race, but with no avail, since the race leader Joaquim Rodriguez always countered and finished ahead of him.

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Alberto Contador won the stage by six seconds over the first chase group and took the lead away from Rodriguez, who was relegated to more than two minutes in the general classification.

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Alberto Contador participated in the UCI Road World Championships held in Valkenburg in both the road race and the individual time trial.

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Days later, Alberto Contador headed for Italy to take part in the newly resurrected Classic Milano–Torino.

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In 2013, Alberto Contador's only victory was a stage in the Tour de San Luis in January.

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Alberto Contador raced the Volta a Catalunya next, where he had his first duel with riders such as Chris Froome and Joaquim Rodriguez.

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Alberto Contador followed Valverde's attack on the stage's last climb before putting on an attack that Valverde was not able to answer.

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Alberto Contador started the Dauphine on good form, finishing second to Froome on the race's short individual time trial before dueling with Froome on the Col du Beal.

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Unlike in 2013 where he was unable to follow the accelerations of Froome, Alberto Contador was able to stay on his rival's wheel, eventually finishing second on the stage after Froome outsprinted him to the line.

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However, Alberto Contador fell victim to an ambush on the next stage as several riders in the top ten went into the breakaway including Andrew Talansky, who was sitting in third place overall, 39 seconds behind Alberto Contador.

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Alberto Contador was left isolated with no teammates around him as he tried to bridge the gap to the leading group but he ran out of steam as Talansky won the race overall.

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However, Alberto Contador dealt a psychological blow to Froome ahead of the Tour as Froome struggled in the stage, eventually dropping to 12th place overall.

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Alberto Contador made a final acceleration near the finish line as he took 3 seconds back on Nibali.

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Alberto Contador'sVuelta started well as his team, Tinkoff–Saxo, finished seventh in the opening team time trial, 19 seconds behind the Movistar Team, the team which fielded fellow overall contenders, Quintana and Valverde.

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Alberto Contador suffered a crash in the Giro di Lombardia, injuring the knee that he had hurt in the Tour de France and ending his chances of winning the 2014 UCI World Tour overall classification, as he decided to forego the Tour of Beijing to better prepare for the 2015 season.

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Alberto Contador then won stage 3, a mountaintop finish, by attacking with 7.

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Froome did not relinquish his lead and Alberto Contador finished the race second in the overall classification, only 2 seconds behind.

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52.

Alberto Contador was able to remount and participate in the last stage, securing his general classification placing.

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53.

Alberto Contador'sinjuries sustained in the Volta a Catalunya were healed and included a micro-fissure in his sacrum.

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54.

Alberto Contador took the maglia rosa on the summit finish on stage 5 to Abetone.

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However, the next day, Alberto Contador dislocated his shoulder after crashing on the finishing straight.

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56.

On stage 16, Alberto Contador suffered a mechanical problem on the descent of Apria and other teams including Astana tried to take advantage.

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Still, Alberto Contador made contact with Aru at the Mortirolo Pass and put another two minutes into his rival as Mikel Landa became the second-placed rider on the general classification.

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On Stage 20, Alberto Contador lost some time to both Landa and Aru but retained his pink jersey.

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In preparation for the Tour, Alberto Contador chose to ride the four-day Route du Sud, where he won the queen stage and the overall classification.

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Alberto Contador had solid opening to the first week of the tour; despite losing a little time to Chris Froome in the team time trial, he gained time on his rivals including Nibali and Quintana who both lost time on stage 2.

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61.

Alberto Contador'schances faded after he crashed on the descent of the Colle d'Allos on stage 17.

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In March 2015, Alberto Contador signed a contract extension with his team, Tinkoff, but at the same time announced that 2016 would be his final season in professional cycling.

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Alberto Contador got off to a difficult start to the Tour de France, crashing in the opening stages and losing time to his rivals.

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Alberto Contador had trailed by 31 seconds overnight, but had gone clear with Quick-Step Floors rider David de la Cruz and Marc Soler of the Movistar Team; after taking a couple of seconds at an intermediate sprint, Alberto Contador was beaten to the line in Nice by de la Cruz, which cost him four bonus seconds and decided the race in favour of Henao.

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Later that month, Alberto Contador finished second overall at the Volta a Catalunya, 63 seconds behind Valverde.

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Alberto Contador rode an aggressive race in search of a stage victory, placing fifth overall, winning the combativity award in his final Grand Tour, as well as winning the final mountain stage atop the iconic Alto de l'Angliru after attacking on the penultimate climb of the day.

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Alberto Contador was questioned in December 2006 by the magistrate in charge of the Puerto file.

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On 28 July 2007, Le Monde, citing what it claimed was an investigation file to which it had access, stated that Alberto Contador's name appeared in several documents found during Operacion Puerto.

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On 30 July 2007, German doping expert Werner Franke accused Alberto Contador of having taken drugs in the past and being prescribed a doping regimen by Fuentes, who was connected with Operacion Puerto.

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In September 2010, Alberto Contador revealed that a urine sample he had given on 21 July, a rest day in the Tour de France, had contained traces of clenbuterol.

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Several people related to the sport defended Alberto Contador saying that there is little benefit from using the drug in the amounts that were discovered and that no one would intentionally take such an easily detectable substance.

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Alberto Contador was provisionally suspended from competition, although this had no short-term effect as he had already finished his racing programme for the 2010 season.

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Alberto Contador returned to racing in February in the Volta ao Algarve, a race he won in 2009 and 2010.

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The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency each appealed the RFEC decision independently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in March 2011, but Alberto Contador remained free to ride until the CAS made its ruling.

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