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Contador in Argentina prepping for Tour de San Luis

By:
Cycling News
Published:
January 16, 2013, 08:42,
Updated:
January 16, 2013, 08:57
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Race:
Tour de San Luis
Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on a training ride in San Luis, Argentina prior to next week's Tour de San Luis.

Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on a training ride in San Luis, Argentina prior to next week's Tour de San Luis.

  • Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on a training ride in San Luis, Argentina prior to next week's Tour de San Luis.
  • Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders out on their first training ride in Argentina in preparation for next week's Tour de San Luis.
  • The six-man squad for Team Saxo-Tinkoff at the Tour de San Luis gets in some training miles in Argentina prior to the event.
  • Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) on a training ride in Argentina where he will start his season next week at the Tour de San Luis.

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Saxo-Tinkoff Spaniard's season kicks off in six days

As in 2012, Alberto Contador's racing season will kick off in Argentina at the Tour de San Luis, taking place January 21-26. Contador and his five Saxo-Tinkoff teammates: Jesus Hernandez, Niki Sorensen, Benjamin Noval, Sergio Paulinho and Bruno Pires, arrived in Argentina on Tuesday and went out on their first training ride in the summer heat.

It's a much more relaxed atmosphere than 2012, when Contador arrived at the Tour de San Luis under the heavy cloud of doping allegations. He went on to finish second behind Levi Leipheimer but his name would ultimately be scrubbed from the record books as part of his ban, stemming from his 2010 Tour de France positive, which came to fruition in February 2012 and extended into August.

"We face this year's race in a completely different way, looking for a good preparation for the coming months," said Contador. "So we arrived early, to get good time for training. In addition, the atmosphere in the team is extraordinary and I am sure it will be noticed in the races."

Contador indicated that following his participation at the Tour de San Luis, at 2.1 the highest-rated UCI event in South America, he'd next contest the Tour of Oman (February 11-16) along with Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12) and Critérium International (March 23-24). Contador has indicated that his primary goal for 2013 is to win the Tour de France.

"I am happy with the preparation," said Contador. "I'm giving priority to having more base in order to be fresher during the main objectives of the season. The training data is good and what I intend now is to hone my weight gradually."

chaphill More than 1 year ago
Contador sucks!
Sillaz More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see him smashing the hills...
Jimatix More than 1 year ago
Where's the beef?
Dedelou More than 1 year ago
Stop "bullying" these poor vegetarians
Jac Caj More than 1 year ago
Where's Contador's cofession on his doping?? Please don't tell me he's clean!! Spaniards invented doping in cycling. Ask Indurain
Jac Caj More than 1 year ago
Get ready for Lance to spill the beans!! Contador will be on the top of his list. The citizens of Spain and their government will circle the wagons around Clemberto the syringe counter unlike Americans
Jakey27 More than 1 year ago
Preparing? That would be about right.
mortailcoil More than 1 year ago
Prepping. But what a connotation in either case.
mortailcoil More than 1 year ago
Lost with the Argies somewhere..!