Contador has no complaints after missing Vuelta stage and race lead

Just one second behind in the overall classification, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) says he can only be satisfied despite such an agonisingly near miss. Contador missed out on the stage 11 Vuelta time trial to Pontevedra by 17 seconds to Fredrik Kessiakoff. He now sits one second off the leader, Joaquim Rodriguez, with Chris Froome third, at 16 seconds.

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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.