The Spaniard, who had not won in more than a year, says his hard training is paying off
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) will make his season debut at Volta ao Algarve
German time trial specialist wins finale by more than a minute to take the overall for a second time
Time-trialist Martin hopes to overhaul the young Colombian, but he will have his work cut out for him
The former track star has come a long way since the 2009 season, winning on a course that defeated him four years ago
The Blanco rider sprints to the stage win and the overall lead
Dutch climber and GC rider hopes to return to France in July, but first has to pass a test in Algarve
Belgian injures right thumb in training accident and will miss the Volta ao Algarve
"Manx Missile" will have time with the family to celebrate his win in Qatar, a win that didn't come easily with miscues in two sprints
- 1. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Columbia, 20:53
- 2. Lieuwe Westra (Ned), at 0:05
- 3. Tiago Machado (Por), Team RadioShack, at 0:26
- 4. Jesse Sergent (Nzl), Team RadioShack, at 0:27
- 5. Andreas Klöden (Ger), Team RadioShack, at 0:30
- 1. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Columbia, 18:48:45
- 2. Tejay Van Garderen (USA States), HTC-Columbia, at 0:32
- 3. Lieuwe Westra (Ned), at 0:39
- 4. Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp), at 0:41
- 5. Andreas Klöden (Ger), Team RadioShack, at 0:46
ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (VN) – There are not that many fans that come to watch the five-day Volta ao Algarve, but a good-sized crowd waited outside the Saxo Bank-Sungard team bus Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of Alberto Contador.
- 1. André Greipel (Ger), Omega Pharma-Lotto, 3:56:55
- 2. Michael Matthews (Aus), Rabobank, s.t.
- 3. Anthony Ravard (Fra), Ag2r La Mondiale, s.t.
- 4. Tyler Farrar (USA), Garmin-Cervélo, s.t.
- 5. Allan Davis (Aus), Astana, s.t.
- 1. Stephen Cummings (Gbr), Team Sky, 18:27:42
- 2. Alberto Contador Velasco (Esp), at 0:06
- 3. Tony Martin (Ger), HTC-Columbia, at 0:10
- 4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA), HTC-Columbia, at 0:12
- 5. Rein Taaramae (Est), Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 0:18
André Greipel wins stage 4 of Algarve while Stephen Cummings leads the overall.
Alberto Contador said Friday that he was satisfied with his third place finish in the day's Volta ao Algarve stage.
- 1. Stephen CUMMINGS, (GBR) Team Sky, in 4:56:19
- 2. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, (USA) HTC-HighRoad, at 0
- 3. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, (ESP), at 0
- 4. Rein TAARAMAE, (EST) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 0
- 5. Tony MARTIN, (GER) HTC-HighRoad, at 0
- 1. Stephen CUMMINGS, (Great Britain) Team Sky, in 14:30:47
- 2. Alberto CONTADOR VELASCO, (Spain), at 6
- 3. Tony MARTIN, (Germany) HTC-HighRoad, at 10
- 4. Tejay VAN GARDEREN, (United States) HTC-HighRoad, at 12
- 5. Rein TAARAMAE, (Estonia) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne, at 18
LISBON (AFP) — Team Sky's Stephen Cummings on Friday won the third stage of the Tour of the Algarve ahead of Tejay van Garderen (HTC-HighRoad) and two-time winner Alberto Contador of Astana.
- 1. John DEGENKOLB , (GER) HTC-Columbia , at 4:57:56
- 2. Tyler FARRAR , (USA) Garmin-Transitions , at 0
- 3. Michael MATTHEWS , (AUS) Rabobank Cycling Team , at 0
- 4. Baden COOKE , (AUS) , at 0
- 5. Sébastien HINAULT , (FRA) Ag2r La Mondiale , at 0
- 1. Philippe GILBERT , (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto , at 9:34:23
- 2. John DEGENKOLB , (GER) HTC-Columbia , at 4
- 3. Tyler FARRAR , (USA) Garmin-Transitions , at 8
- 4. Gerald CIOLEK , (GER) Quick Step , at 9
- 5. Michael MATTHEWS , (AUS) Rabobank Cycling Team , at 10
- 1. Philippe GILBERT, (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto, in 4:36:36
- 2. Gerald CIOLEK, (GER) Quick Step, at 5
- 3. André GREIPEL, (GER) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 5
- 4. Tyler FARRAR, (USA) Garmin-Transitions, at 5
- 5. Michael MATTHEWS, (AUS) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 5
- 1. Philippe GILBERT, (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto, in 4:36:26
- 2. Gerald CIOLEK, (GER) Quick Step, at 9
- 3. André GREIPEL, (GER) Omega Pharma-Lotto, at 11
- 4. Tyler FARRAR, (USA) Garmin-Transitions, at 15
- 5. Michael MATTHEWS, (AUS) Rabobank Cycling Team, at 15
Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) took his inaugural victory of the 2011 season in the opening stage of the Volta a Algarve on a day that was overshadowed by the return of Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard).
Charly Wegelius is coming off the two most trying seasons of his 11-year career and feels the spark burning for the first time in a while. The new UnitedHealthcare recruit brings his grand tour palmarés to the upgraded American outfit as it embarks on its first solid European campaign Wednesday at the Volta ao Algarve.
It’s official: the Spanish cycling federation has cleared Alberto Contador of doping charges in a dramatic U-turn in his ongoing case of alleged use of clenbuterol.
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The Lithuanian still suffering from shoulder he broke in February.
With the star-studded RadioShack roster, Sébastien Rosseler never expected it would be him to score the new squad’s first victory. The stocky Belgian rider pulled it off in Saturday’s hilly fourth stage at the Volta ao Algarve, powering away from a breakaway with nearly 30km still to go.
Quick-draw Contador wins stage 3 Alberto Contador (Astana) picked up where he left off last July and won Friday’s “queen stage” to surge into the overall lead at the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal.
Racing this Week: The big story this week is the season debut of defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and several other big names at the Volta ao Algarve.
Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is starting a training camp in Calpe, Spain, Thursday, prior to his season opener at Portugal's Volta au Algarve stage race next month.
Alberto Contador wins Portugal’s Volta au Algarve stage race on the strength of his stage 4 time trial.
Astana's Alberto Contador started his season out with a victory by winning Portugal's Volta ao Algarve stage race on Sunday. Contador finished in the pack — in 96th place — on the 166km stage from Vila do Obispo to Portimao. Contador finished in the same time as stage winner Henrich Haussler (Cervelo TestTeam). Contador had taken the overall lead on the strength of his second place in the stage 3 mountain top finish and then his commanding win in stage 4's 34km time trial.
A day after being relegated to a rare second place on a summit finish, Alberto Contador turned in an authoritative time trial victory Saturday to take the overall lead at Portugal’s Volta ao Algarve. Contador beat back the likes of teammate Andreas Klöden and reigning world time trial champion Bert Grabsch (Columbia-High Road) on a fairly challenging 33.7km course in the hills along the Algarve Coast to snag his first win of the season and secure the overall leader’s jersey.
Katusha’s early season haul continued Friday as Toni Colom out-kicked triple-crown winner Alberto Contador (Astana) in the final meters of a summit finish to win the stage and take the overall leader’s jersey in stage three at the Volta ao Algarve. Colom – fresh off winning the Mallorca Challenge earlier this month – had a stronger kick at the end of the steep, second-category climb up the Alto do Malhao to relegate Contador to a rare second-place on a summit finish.
A steep, 200-meter rising finish at the end of Thursday’s hilly 183km second stage in the Volta ao Algarve looked tailor-made for Damiano Cunego or Alberto Contador. But those big-name riders have bigger fish to fry later this year, which opened the door for Basque sprinter Koldo Fernández to pull the double, taking the stage win and the leader’s jersey. The Euskaltel-Euskadi speedster bolted ahead of Portuguese sprinter Manuel Cardoso (Liberty Seguros) to claim his first win of the year, with Gerard Ciolek (Milram) coming through third.
Cervelo’s Heinrich Haussler takes stage 1 in Portugal while Garmin’s Will Frischkorn grabs the mountain jersey.
Racing is clicking into gear all over Europe and several big names are revving up their 2009 racing legs at this week’s Volta ao Algarve over the green hills draped along Portugal’s southern Atlantic Coast. The five-day race marks the season debut for triple-crown winner Alberto Contador (Astana), who admitted he’s here only to stretch his legs.
Alberto Contador will follow a familiar path to the Tour de France and it won’t go through Italy. The 2008 Giro d’Italia champ reconfirmed that the Tour will be his top priority this season and that he will not defend his Giro crown. With Astana assured of a place in this year’s Tour, Contador said weeks ago he would not defend his Giro victory and instead focus on July.