The Tour de France champion is making his season racing debut in Oman, but he does so with less pressure than last season. So he says
Arguably the most prolific grand tour rider of his era, Spaniard Alberto Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015, and the Vuelta a España in 2008, 2012, and 2014.
However, Contador is not without controversy. In 2010, an anti-doping test performed at the Tour de France revealed traces of clenbuterol, a banned substance. A drawn-out appeals process continued into the following season. He won the Giro d’Italia in 2011 and was fifth at the Tour de France that year. However, Contador’s appeal was unsuccessful, and he was subsequently stripped of the 2010 Tour win, as well as the 2011 Giro win and his result at the Tour that season.
His doping ban ended in August 2012, and Contador wasted no time, coming back to win the Vuelta that summer. Since his ban, Contador has been a regular contender at all three grand tours and a canny tactician willing to lose a podium finish for a chance to win it all.
Contador removed from witness list by Saíz attorney; Katusha rider, scheduled to testify on Friday, is missing
Scientist whose lab stores the Puerto blood and plasma bags also scheduled to testify on Tuesday
Fuentes, four others on trial for endangering public health through blood transfusion network
The UCI initially demanded $3.24 million from Contador over his clenbuterol case and the two settled this week at CAS
Contador, Garcia Del Moral hit back at anti-doping officials over the Armstrong case
Contador returns to racing; French question British equipment selection
Despite interest from six squads, Spaniard says there is no price tag for the unconditional support his team has given
Doping in Spanish sport is a hot topic In the wake of Contador's ban
The Contador case is more complex than saying simply "he is a cheat" or not