Almost a thousand cyclists started the race on Sunday in Santander of the IV Granfondo Alberto Contador that for the first time in its four year history has been held outside Pinto (Madrid), birthplace of the triple winner of the Tour, Giro and Vuelta a España.
Alberto Contador made a reconnaissance of the fifth stage of the Tour de France 2014, to be done next July 9 between Ypres and Arenberg, with nine sections of pavé in the last 75 km of the route. “It has gone well, I've seen the first part of the stage in the car and the last 75 km by bike”, he said before taking the plane back home.
The IV Alberto Contador Granfondo will be held in 2014 in Cantabria, thanks to an agreement with the Government of this community and the city of Santander, which thus provide support to Alberto Contador Foundation and initiate a new phase of the project, characterized by the roaming of the test.
Alberto Contador today (Sunday) completed the 'Rhxdue.com' with climbing the Mortirolo, second stage of this cycling event, organized in Italy by the provinces of Sondrio and Brescia to promote the sport of cycling in one of the most spectacular areas of the Alps.
Alberto Contador has climbed today (Saturday) to the summit of the Gavia Pass, the first of the two appointments of the Rhxdue.com organized in Italy by ZeroRh+, that sponsors Saxo-Tinkoff Team and also the rider’s personal sponsor.
The registration period in the Plaza Eboli-Alberto Contador Foundation Cycling School is already open.
Race Report: The French have not had a good Tour so far, but if you are going to win a stage it might as well be the one that crosses the Alpe d’Huez twice and become the hero of France. Meanwhile behind Christophe Riblon who was fighting for the stage win a hard battle amongst the GC riders saw yet another change in the overall with riders falling by the wayside.
July 18, 2013 - Paris is in sight, but there are still some very hard stages to come before that romp up and down the Champs-Élysées. As always we have all the bits of news from the French GT that you might have missed, plus results and race quotes. We also catch up with the Thüringen Rundfahrt and anything else we could find in this hectic last week of the Tour. A good coffee is a must to this morning.
Race Report:It’s a mid-length individual time trial today, 32kms, but it’s a real hard day in the saddle. There are enough traps for the unwary to get it really wrong, even if the distance shouldn’t open too many gaps.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Nicholas Roche demonstrated aggression from the start of today's 168 kilometer long hilly 16th stage of Tour de France starting in Vaison La Romaine and with finish line in Gap and the French Irishman participated in the long-lasting break with 25 other riders.
Race Report: The stage after a rest day can be tricky for some riders, but Movistar’s Rui Costa had no problem’s escaping from the lead group to plummet down into Gap for victory. Behind him the star GC riders fought out for any spare seconds, but the main men are still together for the battle.
“For me it’s not important to finish second or tenth."
Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador knows tomorrow's stage is special. Not just because of the amount of kilometers but because of the legendary climb to Ventoux:
“If you think you can’t get it, it's impossible to achieve it!”
Alberto Contador has proved himself masterful at overcoming obstacles in a cycling career that has taken him to the summit of his profession.
Tour de France 2013 will be a memorable and probably spectacularly thrilling to watch, as the organizers have chosen to choose a very demanding route with fewer transition stages but more difficult mountain stages and slightly hilly stages where the unfocused rider will get caught behind and losing precious time in the standings.
The eighth film in the Saxo Cycling series features Faustino Munoz Cambron, the mechanic who keeps Alberto Contador and the Team Saxo-Tinkoff riders on the road to victory. Each season, Faustino Munoz Cambron builds over 100 race bikes for Team Saxo-Tinkoff, adjusting every chain, brake pad and saddle for maximum performance. That dedication ensures that when the race begins, riders know their gear will deliver 100%.
June 20, 2013 - The excitement for the Tour de France is building and as usual we have the National Championships this week-end to help us on our way. Not so much racing to report on during the week, but we still have a stuffed EuroTrash Thursday; Tour up-dates, team news, the Tour of Korea, a couple of new books, a new video from Velovie and…Well, get the coffee and read it all!
June 10, 2013 - The Tour de France GC hopefuls are at full gas; the Critérium du Dauphiné finished on Sunday and the Tour de Suisse has another week to go. Chris Froome has put himself in the driving seat with his win in France, but Paris is a long way away. Loads of other stuff with video, results and what the riders are saying. A big coffee for a big EuroTrash Monday.
Team Saxo-Tinkoff was first in line on today's final stage of Criterium du Dauphine on a mountainous stretch from Sisteron to Risoul where the peloton was challenged with a category 1 uphill finish. In pouring rain, a big break was allowed to get a gap but Team Saxo-Tinkoff put the hurt on the peloton and were reeling in the tenacious escapees at the top of the penultimate climb.