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Tour gallery: Alberto Contador

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Alberto Contador (Astana) attacked but couldn't get a gap

Alberto Contador (Astana) attacked but couldn't get a gap
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Alberto Contador (Astana) accelerates out of a turn in the Tour prologue.

Alberto Contador (Astana) accelerates out of a turn in the Tour prologue.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) on the stage to Morzine-Avoriaz

Alberto Contador (Astana) on the stage to Morzine-Avoriaz
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Defending Tour champ Alberto Contador is interviewed after the stage.

Defending Tour champ Alberto Contador is interviewed after the stage.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) checks his hand after the crash in Brussels

Alberto Contador (Astana) checks his hand after the crash in Brussels
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Alberto Contador and Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)

Alberto Contador and Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
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Alberto Contador (astana) on the start ramp

Alberto Contador (astana) on the start ramp
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Alberto Contador (Astana) rolls out of the start

Alberto Contador (Astana) rolls out of the start
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Alberto Contador leads the Astana squad to be presented.

Alberto Contador leads the Astana squad to be presented.
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Defending champion Alberto Contador (Astana) knuckled down to limit his losses in the overall.

Defending champion Alberto Contador (Astana) knuckled down to limit his losses in the overall.
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Anyone seen Vino? Alberto Contador (Astana) was a winner of sorts, only losing time to Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and his teammate.

Anyone seen Vino? Alberto Contador (Astana) was a winner of sorts, only losing time to Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck and his teammate.
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Alexandre Vinokourov escorted Astana teammate Alberto Contador over much of the course, but did press ahead at the end.

Alexandre Vinokourov escorted Astana teammate Alberto Contador over much of the course, but did press ahead at the end.
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Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) tackles the final section of cobbles at Haveluy/

Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) tackles the final section of cobbles at Haveluy/
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Alberto Contador looking pensive on his flag.

Alberto Contador looking pensive on his flag.
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) marks Alberto Contador (Astana) closely. The shadow boxing ends tomorrow.

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) marks Alberto Contador (Astana) closely. The shadow boxing ends tomorrow.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) had a calm day.

Alberto Contador (Astana) had a calm day.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) attacks Alberto Contador (Astana)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) attacks Alberto Contador (Astana)
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Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador leads Andy Schleck up the decisive Col de la Madeleine.

Defending Tour champion Alberto Contador leads Andy Schleck up the decisive Col de la Madeleine.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and defending Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) put on an impressive display of climbing.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and defending Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) put on an impressive display of climbing.
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Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador share a word

Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador share a word
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Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana)
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Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador chat during the race

Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador chat during the race
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Alberto Contador (Astana) almost came to a standstill as Menchov and Sanchez attacked ahead.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Alberto Contador (Astana) almost came to a standstill as Menchov and Sanchez attacked ahead.
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Schleck and Contador cross the line together

Schleck and Contador cross the line together
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Alberto Contador (Astana) checks his radio on the start line

Alberto Contador (Astana) checks his radio on the start line
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Astana received a nice drawing of Alberto Contador this morning

Astana received a nice drawing of Alberto Contador this morning
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Alberto Contador hugs Vinokourov

Alberto Contador hugs Vinokourov
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Tour champion Alberto Contador relishes his victory.

Tour champion Alberto Contador relishes his victory.
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Alberto Contador can't wait to don the yellow jersey for the final time this Tour.

Alberto Contador can't wait to don the yellow jersey for the final time this Tour.
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Alberto Contador was easy to spot in his yellow kit.

Alberto Contador was easy to spot in his yellow kit.
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Alberto Contador triumphed in a difficult Tour de France.

Alberto Contador triumphed in a difficult Tour de France.
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The Tour's final podium in Paris: (l-r): Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank).

The Tour's final podium in Paris: (l-r): Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank).
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Alberto Contador (Astana), flanked by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank)

Alberto Contador (Astana), flanked by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Denis Menchov (Rabobank)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) is embraced by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Astana) is embraced by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) on the road to Paris

Alberto Contador (Astana) on the road to Paris
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An ecstatic Alberto Contador (Astana) has won his third Tour de France.

An ecstatic Alberto Contador (Astana) has won his third Tour de France.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) in action on the streets of Paris.

Alberto Contador (Astana) in action on the streets of Paris.
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A drained Contador at the finish

A drained Contador at the finish
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Alberto Contador was down on Schleck at the first time check

Alberto Contador was down on Schleck at the first time check
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Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with runner-up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

Tour champion Alberto Contador (Astana) shakes hands with runner-up Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).
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Alberto Contador (Astana) attacked Andy Schleck inside of 4km to the finish.

Alberto Contador (Astana) attacked Andy Schleck inside of 4km to the finish.
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Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador embrace after riding to a stalemate on the Tourmalet.

Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador embrace after riding to a stalemate on the Tourmalet.
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Alberto Contador (Astana) were locked in a head-to-head duel on the Tourmalet.

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and Alberto Contador (Astana) were locked in a head-to-head duel on the Tourmalet.
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Alberto Contador is looking to stamp his authority on the Tour de France for a third time in 2010. The Spanish rider is keen to do his talking on the road once more against former teammate Lance Armstrong, after a war of words erupted between the pair at the end of last season.

Contador has claimed the last two Tours he’s started and with Armstrong now on a rival team and in his last year as a professional, he would like nothing more than to deny the Radioshack rider an eighth title.

It won’t be easy for Contador however, as the race features a tough route and there’s more than Armstrong to worry about in the general classification standings.