Contador fights back tears after turning Vuelta on its head

Few victories can have felt as sweet for Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) as when he crossed the finish line at Fuente Dé on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España. Thanks to his devastating long-distance attack and one of the most memorable days of racing in the Vuelta in the last decade, the Madrileño proved that he was back to the top of his sport and back with a victory that could only be described as resounding to boot.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.