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Tour de France rider gallery: Alberto Contador

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Alberto Contador looking distraught over the crowd's boos

Alberto Contador looking distraught over the crowd's boos
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) didn't look especially happy after crossing the finish line today.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) didn't look especially happy after crossing the finish line today.
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) previews the TTT course with his teammates.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) previews the TTT course with his teammates.
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The Saxo Bank team is lead in by Alberto Contador

The Saxo Bank team is lead in by Alberto Contador
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) tries to get away on the Mur de Bretagne

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) tries to get away on the Mur de Bretagne
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) realized he hadn't won the stage.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) realized he hadn't won the stage.
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) thought he'd won the day.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) thought he'd won the day.
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) edges Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) to win stage four.

Cadel Evans (BMC) edges Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) to win stage four.
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Another hard day at the office for Alberto Contador as the Spaniard crashed during the Tour's ninth stage.

Another hard day at the office for Alberto Contador as the Spaniard crashed during the Tour's ninth stage.
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) nears the stage nine finish.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) nears the stage nine finish.
(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador and Bjarne Riis address questions at the press conference in Murat

Alberto Contador and Bjarne Riis address questions at the press conference in Murat
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Alberto Contador at the 2011 Tour de France press conference on the first rest day.

Alberto Contador at the 2011 Tour de France press conference on the first rest day.
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It's that way to Paris; Alberto contador listens on to one of the team directors before a training ride in Murat.

It's that way to Paris; Alberto contador listens on to one of the team directors before a training ride in Murat.
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Marianne Vos, winner of the Giro Donne, and Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador met after the Tour de France stage 10

Marianne Vos, winner of the Giro Donne, and Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador met after the Tour de France stage 10
(Image credit: Alberto Contador)
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Alberto Contador keeps his rivals close on stage 14

Alberto Contador keeps his rivals close on stage 14
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Alberto Contador was watchful on the final climb.

Alberto Contador was watchful on the final climb.
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Alberto Contador looking a little better than he did on Luz Ardiden

Alberto Contador looking a little better than he did on Luz Ardiden
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador again rode defensively

Alberto Contador again rode defensively
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Albert Contador (Saxo Bank)

Albert Contador (Saxo Bank)
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Albert Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) on the upper slopes of Luz-Ardiden.

Albert Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) on the upper slopes of Luz-Ardiden.
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Alberto Contador gets ready for a day in the rain

Alberto Contador gets ready for a day in the rain
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Alberto Contador (SaxoBank-Sungard) is the defending champion and comes to the Tour de France looking to be the first rider to complete a Giro-Tour double since Marco Pantani in 1998.

The Spaniard however returns to the Tour hounded by the allegations of last years positive test to Clenbuterol. During the rider presentation, the Spaniard was booed by the crowd in attendance when his name was called out, and has hardly enjoyed an ideal start to the race.

Caught up in a crash on stage one, followed by an average result in the team time trial, chinks appear to be opening up in the almost untouchable Contador's armour.

That said - write him off at your own peril! The Spaniard may be hurting but there will be plenty of opportunity to turn things around as the race hits the Pyrenees in the coming days.

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