Alberto Contador Velasco
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Tour de France 2007, 2009
Giro d’Italia 2008
Vuelta a España 2008, 2012
Paris-Nice 2007, 2010
Spanish TT Champ 2009
UCI World Ranking 2009
Contador’s 2011 combined spectacular racing, controversy, and his worst Tour de France performance since 2005. He started the year with the Clenbuterol case threatening to keep him from the Tour, so threw himself into the Giro d’Italia, winning two stages, including the fearsome finish on Mount Etna, the points and the overall General Classification. It looked like his luck was in, as the CAS hearing was pushed back from its original June date, allowing him to ride the Tour after all – however luck was against him, and he crashed four times in the first nine stages, losing time and struggling through the race. It’s testament to his talents that his fifth place was seen as a bad result – this was the first time since 2007 that he’d raced and not won.
Despite the fact that was his last race of 2011, he still came second overall in the UCI World Ranking – and he followed it up with a much more personal milestones, his marriage to Macarena, his girlfriend of ten years, in November.
1st Giro d’Italia, including 1st Points competition & Stages 9 & 16, & 2nd Mountains
1st Vuelta a Murcia
1st Volta a Catalunya
3rd UCI World Ranking
5th Tour de France
The year of the “Chaingate” controversy, and the positive test for clenbuterol, that overshadowed his third Tour de France win.
1st Tour de France
2nd Critérium du Dauphiné, including 1st prologue & Stage 6, Alped’Huez
2nd UCI World Ranking
The biggest Tour de France rivalry came from his own team-mate, Lance Armstrong – but Contador let his riding do the talking, winning his second Tour.
1st Tour de France, including 1st Stages 4, 15 & 18
1st UCI World Ranking
1st Vuelta País Vasco
Astana was banned from the Tour, following Alexander Vinokourov’s doping positive the year before – so Contador focused on the Giro and the Vuelta, winning both, to become only the fifth rider ever, and the first Spaniard, to win all three Grand Tours.
1st Vuelta a España
1st Giro d’Italia
4th Olympic Games Individual Time Trial
Contador’s first major victory, in Paris-Nice, was followed by the spectacular mountain duels with Michael Rasmussen in the Tour de France – and Contador’s taking home the yellow jersey for the first time, as well as the Best Young Rider prize.
1st Tour de France