18.10.2011 [The Independent] - Apart from Sky, other riders who will be pleased with the route will be AlbertoContador – there is no team time trial, where his Saxo Bank squad looked vulnerable this year – and defending champion Cadel Evans, another strong time trialler.
Velasco (born 6 December 1982) is a Spanish professional cyclist, one of five riders to have won all three Grand Tours of road cycling. He was the winner of the 2007 Tour de France with the team. With the Astana team he has won the 2008 Giro d'Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France. He initially also won the 2010 Tour de France with this team, and the 2011 Giro d'Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard, only to be stripped of these titles later having been found guilty of a doping offence. Following his return from a suspension, he won the 2012 Vuelta a España.
11.07.2011 Oh, and so far, AlbertoContador has done his best to prove that he is not invincible, suffering ill-timed crashes in the opening stages of the Grand Boucle (that's more of a positive for the other contenders than for him). ...
Tour de France winner AlbertoContador proclaimed himself a clean rider and asked for doubters to believe in him and his sport on Friday (August 10). "I have never committed an... - 11.08.2007, ITNSource
26.10.2011 [Telegraph.co.uk (blog)] - ... an appeal by WADA and UCI, the cycling world governing body, against the decision of the Spanish cycling federation to clear Spanish cyclist AlbertoContador after he tested positive for clenbuterol on his way to victory in the 2010 Tour de France.
25.10.2011 [Cycling Weekly] - Runner-up Cadel Evans finished with 574 points with AlbertoContador in third with 471 points. Gilbert also won several events outside the WorldTour, including Montepaschi Strade Bianche, Brabantse Pijl and the Belgian national road race title.
18.10.2011 [Telegraph.co.uk] - Morgan said: “Callum's case was very sad for me personally because I did sense that he was telling us the truth.” Clenbuterol positives due to meat contamination gives fresh hope to Callum Priestley and AlbertoContador.
18.10.2011 [road.cc] - Coming one month before AlbertoContador's appeal hearing, the news is bound to lead to renewed calls for a minimum threshold to be introduced for the banned substance. More than half the players competing in this summer's FIFA Under-17 World Cup in
17.10.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)] - Spain's AlbertoContador insinuated over the weekend what we had always suspected: that he is in fact some kind of robotic and entirely inhuman being. Speaking at the unveiling of the 2012 Giro d'Italia route on Sunday, the defending corsa rosa
18.10.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Three-times champion AlbertoContador said Australian Cadel Evans would be his main rival for the 2012 Tour de France after the route, featuring longer time trials, was unveiled. "It is a route that perfectly suits Cadel Evans," Contador told reporters
27.10.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Gilbert succeeds Swiss Fabian Cancellara, who won in 2010 after Spain's AlbertoContador had scooped up cycling's most prestigious honour from 2007-09. Slovakian Peter Sagan was awarded the Velo d'Or Espoir for the best rider under 26 years of age.
12.10.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)] - As for the 2012 Tour's final Paris podium - whether it's the leaked route or another - we still have no idea whether or not AlbertoContador will be there. If he is, you'd imagine he'd be better prepared than last year. Provided Bertie sits out the
10.10.2011 [Yahoo! Eurosport UK] - Wiggins' ability on mountain stages is not thought of as highly as the likes of current champion Cadel Evans, previous winner AlbertoContador, or the Schleck brothers. His 2011 Tour ended early when he crashed out having broken his collarbone