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Alberto Contador: A new lease on life

By:
Jeff Jones in Valkenburg
Published:
April 18, 2005, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 20:44 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for April 18, 2005
Alberto Contador attacks the break

Alberto Contador attacks the break

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Lance Armstrong isn't the only pro rider to benefit after overcoming a life-threatening situation:...

Lance Armstrong isn't the only pro rider to benefit after overcoming a life-threatening situation: Hernan Alvarez Macias meets Alberto Contador, a man with a new lease on life.

Severe difficulties can sometimes turn into good fortune later on. That is what one should think when you hear a story like that of Alberto Contador, who last year overcame a life-threatening blood clot in his brain, risky surgery and a painful road to recovery to return the peloton.

His recovery took more than six months, and it was only this January where he was able to return to the elite level at the Jacob's Creek Tour Down Under. While Contador may have been Down Under, but he was far from outdone: the Liberty Seguros Würth rider proved his worth by winning the decisive fifth stage around Willunga, which ended in a 1-2-3 result for the team.

Since then, things have only got better, later winning two stages and the overall at the Setmana Catalana in March before finishing third overall and winning the final stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco - which is where Cyclingnews caught up with him after the first stage in Zarautz.

Click here to read the full interview.

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