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Gallery: Contador rides the Tourmalet

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Alberto Contador was shooting a commerical for a mattress company on the Tourmalet

Alberto Contador was shooting a commerical for a mattress company on the Tourmalet (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador cuts a lonely figure in the largesse of the mighty Pyrenees

Contador cuts a lonely figure in the largesse of the mighty Pyrenees (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador said that it was a tough day in the saddle as he rode from Pau, via the col de Marie-Blanque and col du Soulor

Contador said that it was a tough day in the saddle as he rode from Pau, via the col de Marie-Blanque and col du Soulor (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador is currently serving a ban for clenbuterol use during the 2010 Tour de France

Alberto Contador is currently serving a ban for clenbuterol use during the 2010 Tour de France (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador said that fond memories of hs 2010 battle with Andy Schleck kpet him going on the long ride

Contador said that fond memories of hs 2010 battle with Andy Schleck kpet him going on the long ride (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador was shooting a commerical for a mattress company on the Tourmalet

Alberto Contador was shooting a commerical for a mattress company on the Tourmalet (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador cuts a lonely figure in the largesse of the mighty Pyrenees

Contador cuts a lonely figure in the largesse of the mighty Pyrenees (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador has two weeks of preparation under his belt as he prepares to return for the Eneco Tour

Contador has two weeks of preparation under his belt as he prepares to return for the Eneco Tour (Image credit: Alberto Contador)
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Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew

Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew (Image credit: Alberto Contador)
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Contador was lucky to have good weather conditions in the Pyrenees

Contador was lucky to have good weather conditions in the Pyrenees (Image credit: Alberto Contador)
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Contador has two weeks of preparation under his belt as he prepares to return for the Eneco Tour

Contador has two weeks of preparation under his belt as he prepares to return for the Eneco Tour (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew

Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador was not entirely alone on his six-hour long ride

Contador was not entirely alone on his six-hour long ride (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador said that it was a tough day in the saddle as he rode from Pau, via the col de Marie-Blanque and col du Soulor

Contador said that it was a tough day in the saddle as he rode from Pau, via the col de Marie-Blanque and col du Soulor (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew

Alberto Contador is chased up the climb by a film crew (Image credit: AFP)
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After six hours on the bike, Contador reached the top of the Tourmalet

After six hours on the bike, Contador reached the top of the Tourmalet (Image credit: AFP)
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Contador stops for a brief chat

Contador stops for a brief chat (Image credit: AFP)
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Yep, up that way...

Yep, up that way... (Image credit: AFP)
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Nearly there. Contador nears the top of the Tourmalet

Nearly there. Contador nears the top of the Tourmalet (Image credit: AFP)
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Smile... or not

Smile... or not (Image credit: AFP)
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A driven Alberto Contador enroute to the Tourmalet

A driven Alberto Contador enroute to the Tourmalet (Image credit: Alberto Contador)

He may be without a team and currently serving a ban for clenbuterol use, but Alberto Contador took to the famed Tourmalet in France on Wednesday, re-living his epic battle with Andy Schleck in the 2010 Tour de France on the misty slopes of the Pyrenees.

This time, the purpose of Contador's ride not to retain the yellow jersey but to film a television commercial for a Spanish mattress company.

Contador said that it was a tough day in the saddle as he rode from Pau, via the col de Marie-Blanque and col du Soulor. He continued that he had "very good memories while passing through each location. I really enjoyed the experience and we have also had luck with the weather."

The Spaniard explained that the idea to film the commercial on the Tourmalet had left him with "a very good feeling" despite his recent troubles.

Specifically, Contador said he remembered "the attacks we did, Andy Schleck and me, on the Tourmalet."

Contador was sanctioned by CAS in February after one of cycling's most high profile and protracted doping investigations, and he is banned from competing until August. He will miss the Tour de France and the London 2012 Olympics but is scheduled to return at the Eneco Tour ahead of a tilt at the Vuelta a Espana. He is reportedly closing in on a new deal to ride for Saxo Bank, who has struggled without him, when he returns to racing - something that he admits can't some soon enough.

Contador said that he had two weeks of training under his belt as he prepares for his return.

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