Contador king of Verbier

Every pedal stroke Alberto Contador rode without company towards the stunning Swiss alpine finish of Verbier had a meaning. From the exact moment he attacked - 5.7 kilometres from the end of Sunday's 207.5-km 15th stage - to the time he crossed the line victorious, five hours, three minutes and 58 seconds after leaving Pontarlier, the 2007 Tour champion was making a series of statements.