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Tour de France champ: Drug tests workingupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 04:40:00

Tour de France winner 2011, Cadel Evans, reacts to Alberto Contador's ban from cycling for two years.

Contador: I can still win the Tourupdated: Mon Jul 18 2011 15:30:00

Defending champion Alberto Contador is refusing to write off his victory chances in this year's Tour de France despite trailing surprise leader Thomas Voeckler by four minutes.

Sanchez wins first stage as champion Contador loses time in Tourupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 14:43:00

Samuel Sanchez finally won his first stage at the Tour de France on Thursday, but the title hopes of his fellow Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador suffered a surprise blow as the race headed into the mountains.

Evans pips Contador in thrilling finishupdated: Wed Jul 06 2011 04:43:00

Australian Cadel Evans edged out defending champion Alberto Contador in a thrilling finish to Tuesday's 172.5km fourth stage of the Tour de France from Lorient to Mur-de-Bretagne.

Gilbert wins opening stage as crash holds up Contadorupdated: Sat Jul 02 2011 12:44:00

Belgium's Philippe Gilbert won a dramatic first stage of the Tour de France Saturday as defending champion Alberto Contador lost valuable time after being held up by a late mass crash.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Contador's doping drama looms large over 98th Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 19:09:00

With the Tour de France nearly upon us, here's a shout-out to Wordsworth's wingman, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who coined the phrase "willing suspension of disbelief" -- which comes in particularly handy when you're watching a pro bike race.

Dominant Contador wraps up Giro victoryupdated: Sun May 29 2011 14:31:00

Alberto Contador wrapped up his second Giro d'Italia victory -- and sixth grand tour success -- after the 21st and final stage time-trial in Milan, won by Briton David Millar.

Anton claims Zoncolan stage as Contador increases leadupdated: Sat May 21 2011 12:09:00

Spaniard Igor Anton claimed the most prestigious win of his cycling career as he took the 14th stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday which finished on the feared Monte Zoncolan climb.

Contador claims lead at Giro d'Italiaupdated: Sun May 15 2011 13:10:00

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador claimed the leader's pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia after winning the ninth stage on Sunday.

Cyclists ride in tribute to colleagueupdated: Sun May 15 2011 13:10:00

A cycling journalist discusses safety concerns and tribute rides for Wouter Weylandt, who died on the Giro d'Italia.

UCI refer Contador doping case to sport's highest courtupdated: Thu Mar 24 2011 08:50:00

Cycling's world governing body is to appeal to sport's highest court against the Spanish federation's decision to acquit three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of a doping charge.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Spanish custom, powerful friends led to Contador's doping rulingupdated: Thu Feb 17 2011 18:07:00

When is a suspension not a suspension? When it is issued in Spain, against a high-profile cyclist. On Tuesday, members of the discipline committee of the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) declared Alberto Contador innocent of doping charges. The defending Tour de France champion had been suspended three weeks earlier for a positive drug test during last year's Tour. Contador's urine showed traces of clenbuterol, a result he attributed to a contaminated steak eaten during the race. It was ruled, at the time, that even though he may not have knowingly ingested the substance, Contador was responsible for its presence in his body.

Contador says he has been cleared to rideupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 15:04:00

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has been cleared of a doping charge by Spain's cycling federation, the federation president and Contador's press office said Tuesday.

Contador receives one-year ban from Spanish federationupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 11:10:00

Alberto Contador has been banned for one-year by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) after testing positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol on his way to winning last year's Tour de France.

UCI hands Contador drug issue to Spanish cycling bodyupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 16:49:00

Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador faces a disciplinary hearing into alleged doping after cycling's ruling body asked his Spanish federation to open a case against him.

Cyclist rejects dope testupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 11:00:00

Three-time Tour de France champ Alberto Contador talks about testing positive for a banned steroid.

Contador blames positive dope test on bad meatupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 11:00:00

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has rejected the findings of a positive dope test taken while the cyclist was competing in this year's race, blaming it on bad meat.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Contador's steak alibi tough to digestupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 06:03:00

Until he lost his appeals and changed his tune, Floyd Landis pioneered the Jack Daniels defense. Another athlete, a former American track and field sprinter, insisted that his elevated levels of testosterone were the result of repeated intercourse, and copious amounts of beer, on the eve of the test.

Tour champion Contador chooses Saxo Bank; U.S. firm new co-sponsorupdated: Tue Aug 03 2010 15:20:00

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will race for the former team of this year's main rival Andy Schleck for the next two seasons.

Tour de France champion Contador quits Astana teamupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 11:39:00

Alberto Contador will ride for a new team when he seeks his fourth Tour de France title next year, after deciding not to renew his contract with Astana.

Contador claims third Tour de France title as Cavendish wins finaleupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 14:23:00

Alberto Contador was crowned Tour de France champion for the third time on Sunday as Mark Cavendish won the final stage of cycling's premier event, which was delayed after seven-time winner Lance Armstrong's team were ordered to change their jerseys.

Contador extends lead in Tour de France after time trialupdated: Sat Jul 24 2010 15:58:00

Alberto Contador will take a 39-second lead into the final stage of the Tour de France after fighting off a determined challenge from Andy Schleck in Saturday's deciding time trial stage.

Schleck and Contador cross line togetherupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 12:54:00

Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador crossed the line together at the end of the arduous 17th stage of the Tour de France, which finished at the top of the giant Col de Tourmalet, meaning defending champion Contador retains his slender eight-second advantage over his rival.

Schleck ends Contador chain row as Fedrigo holds off Armstrong bidupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 14:11:00

Andy Schleck drew a line under his row with leader Alberto Contador after France's Pierrick Fedrigo fought off a challenge from Lance Armstrong to win stage 16 of the Tour de France.

Contador sorry for Schleck controversyupdated: Tue Jul 20 2010 06:14:00

Defending champion Alberto Contador has issued an apology after he took advantage of his rival Andy Schleck's mechanical failure to seize the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Riblon wins stage in Pyrenees as Schleck stays in yellowupdated: Sun Jul 18 2010 14:27:00

France's Christophe Riblon won the 14th stage of the Tour de France as Andy Schleck maintained his 31-second advantage over Alberto Contador in the battle for the race leader's yellow jersey.

Contador cuts into Schleck's lead after 12th stage dramaupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 12:45:00

Alberto Contador finished second on the 12th stage of the Tour de France to trim 10 seconds off the lead of yellow jersey leader Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.

Armstrong Tour bid 'over' after disastrous day in the Alpsupdated: Sun Jul 11 2010 13:08:00

Lance Armstrong's bid for an eighth win in the Tour de France came to a sorry end on a dramatic eighth stage of the Tour de France won by Andy Schleck of Luxembourg.

Contador secures Paris-Nice successupdated: Sun Mar 14 2010 14:08:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador secured overall victory in the Paris-Nice stage race on Sunday, as Spanish riders filled the top three places.

Valverde puts Contador under pressure in Paris-Niceupdated: Sat Mar 13 2010 17:01:00

Cervelo's Xavier Tondo won the toughest stage of this year's Paris-Nice cycling classic as Alejandro Valverde finished second to ratchet up the pressure on race leader and their fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador.

Contador crashes as Henderson winsupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 13:31:00

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador suffered a heavy crash in the opening stage of the Paris-Nice race in France -- the first major European contest of the 2010 cycling season.

Contador staying after Astana approvedupdated: Thu Nov 26 2009 17:05:00

Alberto Contador's immediate future has finally been sorted out after his Astana team were finally granted their ProTour licence on Thursday.

Contador sticks with Astana in 2010updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 08:42:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador looks set to stay with Astana next year after reaching a preliminary agreement with the Kazakh-based squad.

Armstrong and Contador ready for Tour showdownupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 11:39:00

Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador will renew their fierce rivalry on a 2010 Tour de France route that features a fearsome stretch in the Pyrenees which is likely to decide the outcome of the 97th edition of cycling's most famous race.

Astana: Tour winner Contador will not leaveupdated: Sat Aug 15 2009 16:16:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will stay with Astana for the 2010 season, the Kazakh-funded team announced on Saturday night.

Armstrong counters Contador criticismupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 22:58:00

Lance Armstrong has hit back at Tour de France winner Alberto Contador by describing the Spaniard's latest criticism of him as "drivel" on his Twitter feed.

Armstrong tweets backupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 22:58:00

Cycling great Lance Armstrong is in a war of words with Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. CNN's Josh Levs reports.

Contador - I will never admire Armstrongupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 19:24:00

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has launched a stinging attack on Astana teammate Lance Armstrong after returning as a hero to his native town of Pinto near Madrid.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Contador a threat to Lance's record; more Tour lessonsupdated: Mon Jul 27 2009 11:03:00

What we learned from the 96th Tour de France:

Contador wins Tour as Cavendish makes it sixupdated: Sun Jul 26 2009 14:59:00

Alberto Contador has been crowned Tour de France champion for the second time in three years, as Mark Cavendish won his sixth stage of this year's race with victory in the 21st and final stage, finishing in the center of Paris.

Contador on verge of second Tour successupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 11:45:00

Alberto Contador is on the verge of winning his second Tour de France in three years after finishing fourth to fellow-Spaniard Juan Manuel Garate in the arduous 20th and penultimate 167km stage to the top of Mont Ventoux.

Armstrong to form new U.S.-based team for 2010updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 14:02:00

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has announced that he will race for a new U.S.-based team next year.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: All not well within Astana after 17th stageupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 17:59:00

LE GRAND BORNAND, France -- Worst kept secret at this Tour de France: Astana general manager Johan Bruyneel will announce tomorrow that he intends to start a new team next year, backed by American sponsorship and led by Lance Armstrong.

Schleck wins as Contador extends Tour leadupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 13:19:00

Alberto Contador has moved closer to his second Tour de France victory in three years after finishing second to Luxembourg's Frank Schleck in the gruelling 169.5km 17th stage of the race from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Le Grand-Bornand.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Sans a Lance Armstrong victory, still plenty of reasons to stay tuned into the Tourupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 18:33:00

SAINT MAURICE, France -- Okay, people, you've had a couple days to come to terms with the cycling's New World Order. How's the grieving process going? Coping okay? Did we have a bit of a sulk on Sunday? For a lot of yellow-braceleted faithful, that day marked the death of illusions and wishful thinking; the moment Alberto Contador ("Contador le Matador" as L'Equipe dubbed him) rode into yellow. And he did in a voracious, merciless, effortless style that: 1) evoked a young Lance Armstrong; and 2) suggested very strongly that he'll be sporting the maillot jaune all the way to Paris.

Armstrong clings on to leader Contador's tailupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 13:12:00

Alberto Contador maintained his 97-second lead over Astana teammate Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France as Mikel Astarloza claimed his first stage victory on Tuesday.

Contador - I have Armstrong's full supportupdated: Mon Jul 20 2009 13:33:00

Alberto Contador is confident he has the backing of Astana teammate Lance Armstrong in his quest to retain the yellow jersey until the end of the Tour de France.

Contador crushes Armstrong to take yellowupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 12:19:00

Alberto Contador destroyed his rivals in the first Alpine stage of the Tour de France, taking over the yellow jersey with an impressive victory in the 207.5km 15th stage from Pontarlier to Verbier.

Levi Leipheimer speaks to CNNupdated: Sun Jul 19 2009 12:19:00

Astana cyclist Levi Leipheimer talks to CNN about his chances of winning Tour de France before he crashes out.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: As Tour rests, rivalry between Armstrong and Contador heats upupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 12:18:00

Well, that was a trifle anticlimactic, no?

Sastre: 'I don't care about Astana dispute'updated: Tue Jul 14 2009 11:03:00

Defending Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre has exclusively told CNN that he does not care what happens in the alleged dispute between rivals Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador at Astana -- and is only concentrating on retaining his title.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Armstrong in an uphill battle against teammate, field in Tourupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 16:29:00

Recall, if you will, Bernard Hinault's terse message to Lance Armstrong five years ago, after the Texan drained much of the suspense from the 2004 Tour de France by winning his third straight alpine stage. "No gifts," declaimed the Badger. Implicit in those words: a pro bike race is a knife fight, not a bridal shower. There is no place in it for charity or sentimentality or mercy. No gifts. Lance-o-philes loved it so much they put it on a T-shirt.

Armstrong misses yellow in Tour dramaupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 13:33:00

Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong was denied the yellow jersey again as unknown home rider Brice Feillu won a dramatic seventh stage of the Tour de France.

SI.com: The Bonus: Tour de France, cycling a clash of cultures for Americans, Europeansupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 11:49:00

Alberto Contador is a 26-year-old professional bike racer from Spain who in two seasons has won the Tours of France, Italy and his homeland. It's a feat matched by only four other riders in history, and by last fall Contador's performances had depleted the European press of its supply of superlatives. Then, in March, wearing the yellow leader's jersey one week into the Paris-Nice stage race, he did what even the finest racers are occasionally known to do, but Contador since his rise to prominence had not yet done. During a mountain stage, he cracked.

'Nervous' Armstrong eyes eighth Tour successupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 13:35:00

The most-eagerly anticipated Tour de France in recent history begins with a testing individual time-trial in Monaco on July 4 and fittingly, on U.S. Independence Day, an American will take center stage in cycling's greatest race.

Contador wraps up Tour of Basque Countryupdated: Sat Apr 11 2009 13:55:00

Alberto Contador scored an emphatic victory in the final 24 kilometer time trial to wrap up overall honors in the Tour of Basque Country on Saturday.

Albasini wins stage as Contador still leadsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 14:03:00

Swiss Michael Albasini continued Team Columbia's impressive start to the cycling season with victory in stage four of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday.

Valverde wins stage but Leipheimer leadsupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 13:38:00

American Levi Leipheimer continues to lead the Tour of Castilla and Leon from Astana team-mate Alberto Contador following the mountainous 157km third stage to the San Isidro ski station.

Sanchez holds on to seal Paris-Nice victoryupdated: Sun Mar 15 2009 12:08:00

Caisse d'Epargne rider Luis Leon Sanchez repelled a host of challenges to win Paris-Nice after a thrilling 119km eighth and final stage of the race, ending on the famous Promenade des Anglais on the French Riviera.

Contador stamps his authority on Paris-Niceupdated: Fri Mar 13 2009 15:08:00

Alberto Contador wrested the overall lead in the Paris-Nice cycle race on Friday with a commanding victory on the testing sixth stage.

Vandevelde wins as Contador shows formupdated: Wed Mar 11 2009 13:48:00

Christian Vandevelde of the United States claimed Wednesday's fourth stage of the Paris-Nice while Astana's Alberto Contador showed just why he is the race favorite in the early season classic.

Contador sets the pace in Paris-Niceupdated: Sun Mar 08 2009 13:37:00

Spain's Alberto Contador triumphed in the opening stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race on Sunday as he opened his bid to repeat his 2007 title success.

Contador to concentrate on Tour de Franceupdated: Tue Oct 28 2008 17:51:00

Alberto Contador will not defend his Giro d'Italia crown and instead focus on winning the Tour de France for the second time, the Spaniard revealed on Tuesday.

Contador joins cycling greats with Spain winupdated: Sun Sep 21 2008 13:23:00

Alberto Contador joined an elite group of cycling greats who have claimed all three major tours as he wrapped up victory in the Tour of Spain on Sunday.

Contador claims second straight stage winupdated: Sun Sep 14 2008 16:55:00

Alberto Contador maintained his dominance of the Tour of Spain on Sunday by winning his second successive mountain stage to stretch his overall lead over Astana teammate Levi Leipheimer.

Ballan takes Vuelta lead after lone victoryupdated: Sat Sep 06 2008 14:31:00

Italian Alessandro Ballan assumed leadership of the Tour of Spain with a brave lone victory on the seventh stage to Andorra on Saturday.

Contador holds on to four-second leadupdated: Sat May 31 2008 13:16:00

Emanuele Sella recorded his third mountain stage of this year's Giro d'Italia on Saturday, and Alberto Contador held onto his slim overall lead for a sixth day.

Contador sees Giro d'Italia lead slashedupdated: Fri May 30 2008 16:58:00

Alberto Contador held on to the pink jersey by his fingertips on a dramatic 19th stage of the Giro d'italia as he withstood determined challenges from reigning champion Danilo Di Luca and Riccardo Ricco.

Pellizotti wins as Contador extends leadupdated: Mon May 26 2008 17:23:00

Franco Pellizotti won a gruelling mountain time trial at the Giro d'Italia on Monday as Spain's Alberto Contador tightened his grip on the race leader's pink jersey.

Astana scramble to prepare for Giroupdated: Mon May 05 2008 06:38:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador and his Astana team are facing a hasty scramble to compete in the Giro d'Italia after receiving a late invitation to take part in a race from which they were originally barred.

Contador proves his point with Basque winupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 13:52:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador sealed victory in the Tour of Basque Country by winning the sixth and final stage, an individual time trial.

Contador keeps overall Basque Tour lead updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 14:07:00

Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg won the second stage and Alberto Contador kept the overall lead of the Tour of Basque Country race on Tuesday.

Contador takes Basque Tour first stageupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 16:29:00

Spain's Alberto Contador took the 137-kilometer opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country around the northern town of Legazpia on Monday.

Cycling doping probe reopened in Spainupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 15:37:00

A Spanish court ordered the reopening of Operation Puerto, a widespread doping probe that has implicated some of cycling's biggest stars.

Contador's Astana snubbed by Tour de Franceupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 10:29:00

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will be unable to defend his title after organizers excluded his new Astana team from competing in cycling's most prestigious race.

SI.com: Tour de France was overshadowed by a sense that the sport might never recoverupdated: Mon Jul 30 2007 21:51:00

For three weeks they admired his matador's daring, his dark good looks and his abundant charisma. But as Spain's precocious Alberto Contador stepped onto the podium and the strains of La Marcha Real filled the Champs-��lys�es, cycling fans had one overwhelming thought: Please, God, let this kid be clean.

What's the future of cycling?updated: Sun Jul 29 2007 01:18:00

What's the future of cycling?

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Contador, Leipheimer offer hopeupdated: Sun Jul 29 2007 00:03:00

ANGOULEME, France -- This seamy, sordid Elmore Leonard-type Tour will end, it seems, with a chapter by John LeCarre. Alternately grand and grotesque, this race was partially redeemed Saturday by some heart-stopping drama in the brandy-making capital of the world.

SI.com: Uphill Climb: The Tour de France was buoyed by signs that riders might be cleaning up their acts updated: Mon Jul 23 2007 22:21:00

The leaders of the Tour de France were playing chicken in the final climb of stage 14 on Sunday when they were briefly overtaken by ... a chicken. To the Borat impersonator in a lime singlet who ran alongside the cyclists during stage 8, waving the flag of Kazakhstan, and the guy who adorned his bike with gigantic racks of deer antlers in stage 10, add the fellow in the yellow-feathered costume to the list of amusing spectators at this, the most unpredictable Tour in memory.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: The Contador - Rasmussen duelupdated: Mon Jul 23 2007 04:14:00

Loudenvielle -- The Human Phoenix, Alexandre Vinkourov, whose serial resurrections have become a subplot in this Tour, got over the parcours in five hours, 34 minutes and 28 seconds today (almost exactly half as long as it took me to ride this stage one week ago, a misadventure that I will share with you tomorrow). The two guys locked in mortal combat over who will win this three-week beast -- Rabobank's Michael Rasmussen and Discovery Channel's thrilling young talent, Alberto Contador -- powered down the Col de Peyrosourde together, crossing the line 5 � minutes after Vino.

SI.com: Austin Murphy: Oops, Vinokourov not done yetupdated: Sat Jul 21 2007 04:18:00

ALBI, France -- I was among the score or so of reporters skulking around the lobby of the Novotel in Montpellier on Friday, hoping extract a quote from embattled race leader Michael Rasmussen of Rabobank. (The crafty Dane gave us the dodge; officials of the Danish Cycling Union, apparently, can relate). Sharing the hotel with the Rabos was Team Astana. While we loitered on the lookout for Rasmussen, Alexandre Vinokourov emerged from the dining room. With a total of 30 stitches in his knees, he made his way across the lobby with the stiff-legged gait of a man with advanced arthritis. It was clear that the podium was beyond his reach.

Contador takes Swiss Alpine stageupdated: Sat Jun 17 2006 11:46:00

Spain's Alberto Contador won a grueling eighth stage of the Tour of Switzerland around Ambri on Saturday with compatriot Koldo Gil preserving his overall lead.

Valverde puts pressure on Contadorupdated: Sat Apr 29 2006 14:31:00

Spain's Alejandro Valverde, of the Caisse d'Epargne/Iles Baleares team, won a sprint finish to claim the fourth stage of the Tour of Romandie over 127km around Sion on Saturday.

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