Tour de France: Alberto Contador's last roll of the dice

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Tim de Waele)

There was a point in time when Alberto Contador was almost unbeatable. He would toy with the opposition without a hint of mercy before unleashing attacks so devastating that even the race vehicles would struggle to keep pace. Whether it was at Verbier in 2009, on the Angliru a year earlier, or on the upper slopes of Etna in 2011, Contador was an unstoppable force. Between the summer of 2007 and the spring of 2011 he won every Grand Tour he started, with only his positive test for Clenbuterol and the final intervention of the Court of Arbitration for Sport scrubbing away two of those titles.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.