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Contador to receive his weight in honey

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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
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Alberto Contador arrives at his CAS hearing with brother Fran and attorneys Adam Lewis and Mike Morgan

Alberto Contador arrives at his CAS hearing with brother Fran and attorneys Adam Lewis and Mike Morgan
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Alberto Contador at day 1 of his CAS hearing

Alberto Contador at day 1 of his CAS hearing
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Alberto Contador was in a class unto himself at the 2011 Giro d'Italia. (Credit: Ashley Gruber)

Alberto Contador was in a class unto himself at the 2011 Giro d'Italia. (Credit: Ashley Gruber)
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2011 Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador looks ahead to next year

2011 Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador looks ahead to next year
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Fearless descenders Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) tried to put time into their GC rivals.

Fearless descenders Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) tried to put time into their GC rivals.
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) were caught just before the finish line and sprint it out with their GC rivals in Pinerolo.

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) were caught just before the finish line and sprint it out with their GC rivals in Pinerolo.
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Frank Schleck follows Alberto Contador on the climb

Frank Schleck follows Alberto Contador on the climb
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A defeated Alberto Contador lost 3:50 on Andy Schleck.

A defeated Alberto Contador lost 3:50 on Andy Schleck.
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There's no denying that Alberto Contador suffered on the Alpe d'Huez.

There's no denying that Alberto Contador suffered on the Alpe d'Huez.
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Though short of his best, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) moved up to 5th overall.

Though short of his best, Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) moved up to 5th overall.
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) descends to Gap behind Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) and Cadel Evans (BMC).

Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) descends to Gap behind Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) and Cadel Evans (BMC).
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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
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Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Samuel Sanchez escaped the peloton on the Col de Manse.

Cadel Evans, Alberto Contador and Samuel Sanchez escaped the peloton on the Col de Manse.
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Giro champion Alberto Contador with his winner's trophy.

Giro champion Alberto Contador with his winner's trophy.
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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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Giro winner Alberto Contador shows off his trophy in front of Milan's stunning Duomo.

Giro winner Alberto Contador shows off his trophy in front of Milan's stunning Duomo.
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Giro champion Alberto Contador during the playing of Spain's national anthem.

Giro champion Alberto Contador during the playing of Spain's national anthem.
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2011 Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador and third-place Vincenzo Nibali embrace on the podium.

2011 Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador and third-place Vincenzo Nibali embrace on the podium.
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Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) looks back at Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on crossing line.

Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) looks back at Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) on crossing line.
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Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) thanks his former team leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) for his gesture at the end of stage 19.

Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) thanks his former team leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) for his gesture at the end of stage 19.
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2011 Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador hoists aloft the winner's trophy in Milan.

2011 Giro d'Italia champion Alberto Contador hoists aloft the winner's trophy in Milan.
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2011 Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador and world champion Mark Cavendish

2011 Giro d'Italia winner Alberto Contador and world champion Mark Cavendish
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Andy Schleck keeps an eye on Alberto Contador

Andy Schleck keeps an eye on Alberto Contador
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Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador

Ivan Basso and Alberto Contador
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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) out of the saddle

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) out of the saddle
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) didn't give in without a fight

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) didn't give in without a fight
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) on crossing the line

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) on crossing the line
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) signs in

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) signs in
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) leaves his rivals behind

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) leaves his rivals behind
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) check on Michele Scarponi (Lampre)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) check on Michele Scarponi (Lampre)
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Michele Scarponi (Lampre) tried to put Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) under pressure

Michele Scarponi (Lampre) tried to put Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) under pressure
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) is set to take part in one of the more unusual engagements of his career in the New Year when he will receive his own weight in honey at a ceremony in the small town of Peñalver, to the east of Madrid. The town’s mayor,

José Ángel Parra, has announced that Contador will receive the award in the town’s central square on January 7.

Adding to the bizarreness of the ceremony, Contador will be weighed with the six bikes on which he won his grand tour titles. According to the mayor, Contador, who tips the scales at 60kg, is much lighter than those usually honored with the award. Consequently, said the mayor, “as an exception it has been decided to weigh the cyclist with the six bikes on which he achieved his greatest victories because we don’t want to be seen as being stingy.”

Speaking at a press conference in the honey-producing centre, the mayor explained that Contador will be weighed using an ancient set of scales. The Saxo Bank rider and his bikes will be held tight by two people on one side while kilos of honey are added to the other side until the two sides are evenly balanced.

Past recipients of the award include Camilo José Cela, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, and Spanish football’s World Cup-winning coach Vicente del Bosque.

Mayor Parra reminded those at the press conference that Cela and Del Bosque were among those who have gone to achieve great things in the wake of receiving the award. “This makes me believe that the honey acts as some kind of ‘talisman’ for them and it could be that Contador’s fourth Tour win will soon come his way,” said the mayor.

Following the ceremony, which is due to take place at 12.30 in the afternoon in Peñalver’s Plaza de España, a huge paella will be made for those present. However, the mayor added that it is unlikely that Contador will try the dish “because he is wary of the food he’s given nowadays”.