Alberto Contador
Date of birth: 06/12/1982
From: Pinto, Spain
Team: Tinkoff-Saxo
Previous teams: Astana (2009-10), Discovery Channel (2007), Liberty Seguros/Astana (2006), Liberty Seguros (2004-5), ONCE-Eroski (2003)

Alberto Contador career profile
Alberto Contador has been touted as the most talented stage racer and all-round talent of his generation. In four years, the Spaniard won five Grand Tours – including three Tours de France – a remarkable achievement for such a young rider.

Contador is only the fifth rider in history – and the first Spaniard – to have won all three major Tours. Contador is best known as a climber, with victories on the Angliru in Spain and Plateau de Beille in France in his palmarès. Contador’s win in the 2007 Tour came after Dane Michael Rasmussen was kicked out of the event.

The Spaniard handled the pressure of leading a major Tour for the first time in his career and fended off Australian Cadel Evans in the final time trial for the overall win. Barred from racing the Tour in 2008 because of the 2007 scandals in Astana – before he joined the squad – Contador’s victory in the Giro came despite virtually no pre-race training and a last-minute warning he would be racing.

His win in the Tour of Spain was more widely expected, but confirmed him as the strongest three-week stage racer in the world.

Contador remained with Astana in 2009, where he had Lance Armstrong as a team-mate. The relationship between the two riders came to a head during the 2009 Tour de France, where Contador felt he was isolated by a team rallying behind the Texan. Yet he still managed to win the Tour for a second time in the face of overwhelming pressure and internal fraction.

In 2010, Contador was undisputed leader of his Astana team at the Tour after Armstrong’s departure to RadioShack. Contador clinched his third overall Tour victory despite not winning a stage and being challenged closely by Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank).

A week after Contador won the 2010 Tour with Astana, he announced that he would be leaving the team. Bjarne Riis then confirmed in early August that he had signed Contador to the Saxo Bank team for the 2011 season.

In September 2010 news broke that Contador had been provisionally suspended from competition for failing a test for clenbuterol during the Tour de France. He was cleared by the Spanish cycling federation in February 2011 and promptly won the Tour of Murcia after taking two stages.

On Monday, February 6 2012, the Court of Arbitration for Sport handed Contador a back-dated two-year ban for testing positive for clenbuterol which expired on August 5, 2012.

Contador came back from his ban to win the 2012 Vuelta a Espana overall, followed by a win in Milan-Turin.

A relatively quiet year in 2013 was followed by a season in which Contador returned to peak form. Despite being forced to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France due to crash injuries, Contador made a remarkable recovery to take control in the Vuelta a Espana. He followed that up with overall victory in the 2015 Giro d’Italia.

Alberto Contador results
Ruta del Sol; stage three
Giro d’Italia; overall
Route du Sud; stage three

Tour of the Algarve; stage four
Tirreno-Adriatico; stage four
Tirreno-Adriatico; stage five
Tirreno-Adriatico; overall
Tour of the Basque Country; stage one
Tour of the Basque Country; overall
Vuelta a Espana; stage 16
Vuelta a Espana; stage 20
Vuelta a Espana; overall

Tour of San Luis; stage six

Tour of San Luis; stage three (annulled)
Tour of San Luis; stage five (annulled)
Tour of San Luis; mountains classification (annulled)
Vuelta a Espana; stage 17
Vuelta a Espana; overall

Tour of Murcia; stage two (annulled)
Tour of Murcia; stage three (annulled)
Tour of Murcia; overall (annulled)
Giro d’Italia; stage nine (annulled)
Giro d’Italia; stage 16 ITT (annulled)
Giro d’Italia; overall (annulled)

Paris-Nice; stage four
Paris-Nice; overall
Volta ao Algarve; stage three
Volta ao Algarve; overall
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage four ITT
Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; overall
Tour de France; overall (annulled)

Tour de France; stage four TTT
Tour de France; stage 15
Tour de France; stage 18
Tour de France; overall
Paris-Nice; stage six
Paris-Nice; stage one
Tour of the Basque Country; overall
Tour of the Basque Country; stage three
Tour of the Basque Country; stage six
Tour of the Algarve; overall
Tour of the Algarve; stage four
National time trial championships

Giro d’Italia; overall
Vuelta a Espana; overall
Vuelta a Espana; stage
Vuelta a Espana; stage
Tour of the Basque Country; overall
Tour of the Basque Country; stage
Tour of the Basque Country; stage
Tour of Castille y Leon; overall
Tour of Castille y Leon; stage
Tour of Castille y Leon; stage

Tour de France; overall
Tour de France; young riders’ white jersey
Tour de France; stage
Paris-Nice; overall
Paris-Nice; young riders’ classification
Paris-Nice; stage
Paris-Nice; stage
Tour of Castille y Leon; overall
Tour of Castille y Leon; stage
Tour of Valencia, stage

Tour of Switzerland; stage
Tour of Romandie; stage

Tour of Romandie; stage
Tour of Basque Country; stage
Catalan Week; stage
Catalan Week; overall
Tour Down Under; stage

Tour of Poland; stage

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  • natasha

    alberto has alot of energy no doubt about that he won 4 races and he is still as alive and radiant then the last ilyyyyyy

  • danthony930

    I find it strange that your profile of Armstrong list his caner recovery. Tough your profile of Contador does not mention his more remarkable recovery. Be it his diagnosis was more life threatening than cancer. Every profile should be written with the same integrity. It is for this reason I give Armstrong his porps for his accomplishments and not his media fluff. Since I almost lost my life in a Ford Explorer roll over I do have it on good authority on the subject.

  • Man Morales

    Alberto has the physical potential, no doubt, also the right age; will see how his mental capacities match in this year Tour, Good Luck Alberto !!!