With the Tour de France concluding in a few days, news about potential rider transfers is heating up.
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.
Insiders suggest that Alberto Contador may end his Tour de France career this week with a potential Giro/Vuelta plan for 2018.
Spanish cycling fans have a new star to cheer in Mikel Landa. In stage 13, he links up with Contador, long the patron of the Spanish
With young cyclists coming through and the continued dominance of Froome, a eighth grand tour win appears impossible for Contador.
Now out of the picture to win yellow, Alberto Contador isn't done fighting. Expect the Spaniard to animate in the Tour's mountains.
Alberto Contador captains an international Trek-Segafredo team for the Tour de France. He's joined by classics star John Degenkolb.
Alberto Contador refines his time trial position on a new Trek bike. With a strong result in the Dauphiné TT, he looks to be on track.
Though he has never won the Dauphiné, Alberto Contador is content to use the one-week French race as a tune-up for the Tour de France.
The Critérium du Dauphiné boasts a strong field ahead of the Tour de France, with most of the favorites for yellow racing.
The 28-year-old Colombian is riding in support of Alberto Contador at Trek-Segafredo this season.