Spain's Ruta del Sol race features top GC riders like Alberto Contador and four-time winner Alejandro Valverde.
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.
Although Contador is old for a grand tour contender, 34 this summer, he may still be a threat to win the Tour de France one last time.
Alberto Contador plans to take advantage of strong climbing teammates Mollema and Pantano in his bid to win the 2017 Tour de France.
The Spaniard delivers some well-placed shots at the Russian, who is no longer in pro cycling after he closed down his Tinkoff squad.
Trek GM Luca Guercilena says the Contador deal came together easier than expected, that the star is a positive addition to the American
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is sure, at 34, he is "still able to win" the Tour de France, which he won twice in 2007
Alberto Contador is hoping that after a seven-year drought, he can reclaim a Tour de France title with his new Trek – Segafredo team.
The Spaniard will join Trek – Segafredo next season and said Sky's deep pockets made it difficult for teams to compete against it.
ABU DHABI (VN) – The arrival of dual Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and his core personnel to Trek-Segafredo next season will
Contador said it's crucial to have an outright leader on a team at the Tour de France, a spot he competed with Peter Sagan on Tinkoff.