Contador's 'test' nets first win of the season in Vuelta a Andalucia

A powerful long-distance attack by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) netted the Spaniard his first win of the season ahead of archrival Chris Froome (Team Sky) on the very difficult climb of Hazallanas in the Vuelta a Andulicia - a triumph taken Contador, said later, on pure instinct given he had no clear references on the time gap he had on the Briton.

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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.