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Monday 28, Jul 2014

  Nibali Wins 2014 Tour De France, Praises Doping Controls

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Nibali Wins 2014 Tour De France, Praises Doping Controls

Vincenzo Nibali emerged on Sunday as the first Italian winner of the Tour de France in 16 years on Sunday. The Italian rider praised the efforts of cycling’s anti-doping agencies before he won the coveted trophy.

The 29-year-old said he would not be here if there had not been all these controls, targeted controls, and the biological passport. In 2008, Nibali finished 19th in the Tour that was the same year in which the biological passport was implemented by the International Cycling Union (UCI). The Astana rider remarked a lot of progress has been made and we can see the results now. Nibali also added he is ready to accept the idea that his samples would be stored for future testing.

After his Tour win, Nibali said the Vuelta for him was the most important because it showed him that he could aim to win big tours like the Giro and the Tour in the following years. The Italian professional road bicycle racer, considered one of the strongest stage race riders in the world, added it is obvious that for him (as Italian) the Giro is very important but it is also special for the Italian fans and added but what makes the Tour so much bigger is the international attention it demands.

Vincenzo Nibali added he has taken his place in the history of the Tour and that is very important, but those others also made their names in other great races, such as the classics. Nibali added he never thought about making history, and said he just concentrated on trying to win the Tour, like he won the Giro and the Vuelta, because he is a stage racer. The cyclist went on to add that of course there are other races that he want to win, like the Tour of Lombardy in which he had come close many times but not had the luck or the World Championships, which he tried to win last year, or Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Astana rider added he had always liked these races and he did like to try to win them, even though he is more suited to stage races.

Nibali joins Italian Felice Gimondi, Belgian Eddy Merckx, Spaniard Alberto Contador, and Frenchmen Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil as the only men to have won all three Grand Tours. He also joined five other cyclists, including Eddy Merckx, who have won all three of cycling’s grand tours — the Tour, the Vuelta a España, and the Giro d’Italia.

His previous best finish in the Tour de France was third place, behind Britain’s Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in 2012.

Nibali’s Tour win was benefited from the misfortunes of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. Froome quit early after three crashes and Contador (who was stripped of his Tour de France 2010 win for using Clenbuterol, a banned substance) hit a hole in the pavement and broke his leg. Nibali won decisive four stages of the Tour, including the Vosges, the Alps, and the Pyrenees. The rider also wore the yellow jersey as the race leader for 19 of the 21 stages.

On Saturday evening, Nibali had remarked the Tour de France this year was a great race, very different than the Tours we’ve had in the past. He added it was just about made to measure for him and it was very difficult from the beginning.

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Monday 23, Jul 2012

  Contador Agrees To Rejoin Team Saxo Bank

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Alberto Contador 2Alberto Contador Velasco, the Spanish professional cyclist, who won the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team would rejoin Saxo Bank, the Danish team have announced.

Contador was stripped of his victory of 2010 Tour de France after he tested positive for clenbuterol. He was thereafter handed over a ban of two years, which was back-dated to January 2011. The cyclist had already served a provisional suspension of about six months and would be able to ride once more on August 5.

Contador said the support received from Saxo Bank and team owner Bjarne Riis has been extraordinary and he is looking forward to getting back on the bike.

The cyclist won the 2008 Giro d’Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France; he initially won the 2010 Tour de France and the 2011 Giro d’Italia with team Saxo Bank-SunGard but was stripped of these titles after being found guilty of doping. Considered to be the best climbing specialist and stage racer in the world, Alberto Contador is regarded as one of the finest cyclists who excel in all aspects of stage racing that are needed for high places in the general classification. Nicknamed El Pistolero, Contador was nicknamed Pantani (after Marco Pantani, who is regarded as one of the best climbers of all times) because of his climbing skills.

The star cyclist was barred from competing at the 2006 Tour de France because of alleged connections with the Operación Puerto doping case along with give other members of the Astana-Würth team. Later on, all players were cleared of all charges on 26 July 2006 by the Spanish courts. In September 2010, he made an announcement that his urine sample taken on a rest day in the 2010 Tour de France contained Clenbuterol traces. The Spanish cyclist claimed his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Anti-doping doctor Don Catlin added credibility to the explanation provided by the cyclist by saying clenbuterol is one of the more common contaminants found in food supplements.

The Legend of Alberto Contador

The Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) proposed a one year ban in late January 2011 on Alberto Contador but later accepted appeal of the cyclist and cleared him of all charges. In March 2011, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency each appealed the RFEC decision independently to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Contador lost his Tour de France 2010 title on 6 February 2012 along with losing the 2011 Giro d’Italia title. “The presence of clenbuterol was more likely caused by the ingestion of a contaminated food supplement,” Court of Arbitration for Sport said in its ruling in Lausanne, Switzerland. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, who finished second at the 2010 Tour, was given the title of 2010 Tour de France.

After the ban, five-time Tour champion Eddy Merckx said, “It’s like someone wants to kill cycling.” Oscar Perreiro called the verdict “disgraceful” and claimed Contador “is innocent.”

The ban means the cyclist will miss the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, and the London Olympics, but he will be eligible to ride in the Spanish Vuelta, which begins August 18. With the ban, he becomes only the second Tour de France champion to be disqualified and stripped of victory for doping after Floyd Landis, the American who lost his 2006 title after testing positive for testosterone.

Alberto Contador Velasco Anti-Doping Violation


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