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This says Alberto will participate in a track event in France at the end of October :o

http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-piste/Actualites/Une-nouvelle-epreuve-sur-piste-a-bourges/591123
I'd pay to see that!  :cool
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    Some infos

    -Berto happy with TDF parcours, likes the ITTs
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contador-sees-2016-tour-de-france-as-one-for-the-climbers/

    -Opinion piece on  Velonews: "Forget Froome: 2016 will be Contador's Tour"
    http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/10/news/forget-froome-2016-will-be-contadors-tour_388004
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    Based on initial reactions to the 2016 Tour de France route, Chris Froome is already being fitted for his third yellow jersey. Those prognostications ignore the fact that the route suits no one as well as it does Alberto Contador. He’ll be the man to beat in July.

    -He will soon travel to Croatia for a short training camp with the team including a lot of physical and medical tests etc.

    -Spanish climbing talent Enric Mas is the third rider of the U23 Contador team to join AWT Greenway after Belgian Kenny Molly, also this year, and Alvaro Cuadros 2 years ago.


    -For next year the U23 squad will also include Marin Joublot-Ferre *fr who won the junior Tour of *ie , and Daniele Cantoni *it who impressed the team and Alberto at the Rhxdue cyclotourist ride over Passo Gavia for two years in a row

    Daniele climbing with Alberto :D
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  • RIP Keith

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    German interview

    http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96027.htm

    Alberto may ride Vuelta next year

    Maybe this is why Pais Vasco is not in his plans for next season (he could win it for the 4th time which is the record)

    Also interesting that he names Paris-Nice and Catalunya as early season targets, it appears he has decided between Paris-Nice and Tirreno (I'd love to see him go for a 2nd trident but will also be interesting to see him in Paris-Nice again)

    He also says he would have loved to have a real shot at the Ardennes classics because he likes them and thinks he could have done well in them but it never really fit into his preparation for the GTs
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    https://rouleur.cc/journal/riders/rouleur-classic-alberto-contador-foundation



    Rouleur Classic: Alberto Contador
    "If I hadn't had this problem 11 years ago, I wouldn't have had the same victories. It changes the vision of your life." El Pistolero on strokes, recovery and the work of the Fundación Alberto Contador

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    Adversity makes the strong stronger.

    Alberto Contador is the most dominant GC rider of his generation, but multiple victories in all three Grand Tours would have seemed a fantasy to a 21-year-old told that he would need brain surgery if he were to race again.

    It is the reason that raising awareness of strokes is one of three principal goals of the Fundación Alberto Contador, alongside a “Bikes for Life” project, run jointly with the Disabled Association of Pinto, and his backing for two development teams.
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    German interview

    http://www.radsport-news.com/sport/sportnews_96027.htm

    Alberto may ride Vuelta next year

    Maybe this is why Pais Vasco is not in his plans for next season (he could win it for the 4th time which is the record)

    Also interesting that he names Paris-Nice and Catalunya as early season targets, it appears he has decided between Paris-Nice and Tirreno (I'd love to see him go for a 2nd trident but will also be interesting to see him in Paris-Nice again)

    He also says he would have loved to have a real shot at the Ardennes classics because he likes them and thinks he could have done well in them but it never really fit into his preparation for the GTs

    I'd like to see him go for some of those classics. That could be fun. Maybe he will go for more "just for fun" stuff in this next, his last pro, year.

    As for his foundation, if things keep on a steady keel, I think he will get more respect for his foundation than some others currently do. Today seems to be a day when I get to speak about respect!
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  • Eeyore sez . . .

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    2016 schedule

    Volta ao Algarve
    Paris-Nice
    Volta a Catalunya
    Vuelta al Pais Vasco
    Critérium du Dauphiné
    Tour de France
    Olympics RR and ITT
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    Yesterday Alberto turned 33 CONGRATS :Party: :Party: :Party: :;^^ :dizzy :Gift:
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    https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/aru-hopes-emulate-contador-182334535.html

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    Fabio Aru insists he will work extremely hard to reach the level of his idol Alberto Contador and continue challenging at Grand Tours.

    "First of all Alberto is my idol. When someone like him congratulates you, you just have to be proud and keep giving it all to improve," Aru told Omnisport.

    "Contador is a special person who teaches you many things when you talk to him.

    "When I had the chance to spend some time with him I was able to use all his tips. I thank him for those.
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    Alberto wished us all a Happy new year on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and he used the 9GT wins image I created on each of those :o :o :o :o :o

    https://twitter.com/albertocontador/status/682699268403163136

    I'm glad Alberto appreciates my Paint skills :P
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    Alberto posted this picture on twitter



    He looks so skinny :o
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    Alberto posted this picture on twitter



    He looks so skinny :o

    I really want him to be in the form of his life so that we have at least one really good GT showdown this year. His style is so classy and also so very different to Froome's yet both have had their fair share of success. I think what we've never had is a genuine head to head with both at the top of their game. hopefully 2016 will be the year!
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  • Giving my view on life, cycling and the desire to do a sub 26min 10mTT on the Isle of Man @JaunePeril

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    News
    http://cyclingtips.com/2016/02/contador-says-it-is-more-and-more-likely-he-will-continue-in-2017/

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    Speaking to the Spanish publication AS, he said that he would continue racing if he is successful in setting up his own team, and if it is of a sufficiently high level.

    “The possibility of the project going forward is now 50 percent,” he said, saying that the intended setup would be of the “top level to compete in the Tour de France.”

    That in turn floats the possibility that he wants to ride the Tour in 2017, giving himself two more shots to win it again.

    He is in contact with several sponsors and is aiming for a budget of 15 million euro per year.
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    I'm sure by now all of you are aware of Alberto's great victory on Malhao on Sunday but let's see how amazing it really was :o

    He won by the biggest margin since 2003 and probably earlier:

    And that while Aru is probably the best climber in that list of second places except for 1 obvious name ;)

    Thibaut Pinot set a Strava record and he was 20! seconds slower than Alberto:

    Kwiat 2015 was 3s slower than Richie, so Alberto was 27s faster than Richie in 2015, and as we all know , Richie was flying in one-week races.

    Gesink lost 40s and his Watts weren't too shabby:

    https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/701530264930021376

    https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/701754813286055936

    (Above is all via ammattipyoraily on twitter)

    The climbing time wizard says the following:

    https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/701677244348022785

    https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/status/702119718967185409

    Allegedly his power was around 7.5 W/kg for 7 minutes which is similar to the performance on Pais Vasco stage 1 in 2014 when he dropped Valverde  :o

    :elpistolero
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    http://www.cyclist.co.uk/in-depth/963/alberto-contador-hero-or-villain

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    Hero or villain?  :-x Which one is Alberto Contador? This thought runs through my mind as I await one of the Spaniard’s rare appearances in the UK. He’s certainly one of the greatest Grand Tour riders in history, but his record is haunted by suspicion thanks to Operación Puerto in 2006 and the clenbuterol affair in 2010.

    Grey thoughts match the grey weather outside the swish grey offices of SaxoBank, the former joint sponsor of Contador’s team, which has morphed from Tinkoff-Saxo last year to Tinkoff Sport this year (and will morph into something new once more in 2017 if team owner Oleg Tinkov makes good on his promise to leave the sport at the end of 2016). When Contador arrives he is wearing, appropriately enough, a smart grey suit, and he attracts admiring glances as he passes through the Canary Wharf office in London. His tan and golden-boy smile light up a miserable winter’s day. :cool :flo

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    Some things:
    - It seems very likely now that he'll sign for Trek, they only have 5 riders under contract for 2017 so hopefully they'll sign some good domestiques for Alberto. I personally am not very fond of Trek cause it seems like a boring team to me but I am sure Alberto will know what is best for him.

    - http://cyclinghub.tv/post.php?id=1693 nice interview on Eurosport

    - Dauphiné was pretty successful with a stage win and 5 days in yellow, of course it is a shame he lost the race, but the prologue showed the base is there, he just lacks a bit of power to follow accelerations. He gutted it out on Saturday, hanging on by the skin of his teeth, and on Sunday he already seemed a bit stronger than on Friday. He did well to blow the Sky train apart. Now he knows what he's still lacking, he can train on intensity (1-2 minute power) with specific training (interval, motopacing). I still have faith that he'll be very strong in July. Throughout the last week Alberto seemed really happy, relaxed and confident, so I am hopeful that everything is going exactly according to plan.
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    I am disappointed that he seems out of contention at this year's TdF, and so early.

    Personally, I like the thot that he will ride for Trek next year - I had always thought the Saxo-Riis-Tinkoff connection not the best for AC, but who am I to say. AC has typically had a penchant for joining teams that I thought at the time were questionable.
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    Tinkoff interviewed on Europort, before the weather killed it.
    Yeah.
    Not surprised, disappointed, also relieved for the team.
    So, not good camp vibes at all, it seems.
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    Ouch my heart, this hurts so much :( I love Chavito but I feel so sorry for Berto, he worked so hard, was in amazing shape in the spring and he gets absolutely nothing to show for it, not even a podium spot :(
    My only hope now is that he can get on the podium in Madrid next year to say goodbye :(
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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cycling/2016/12/06/alberto-contador-34-today-one-thegreatest-ever-stage-racers/

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    Alberto Contador is 34 today. While it is unlikely the Spaniard will celebrate the occasion wildly, it is almost guaranteed that his rivals will be sitting at a training camp somewhere asking themselves: is he ever going to quit?
    David Millar, who raced against the Spaniard throughout his career, says he's the greatest grand tour rider he's ever seen while Sean Kelly, who was the world No 1 between 1984 and 1989, reckons only Eddy Merckx was better. But has the seven-time grand tour winner got what it takes to win an eighth, or is is over the hill at 34-years-old?
    :cool :cool :cool :cool :cool
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    I'm becoming increasingly worried about Alberto. He seems to have lost his acceleration entirely and can only drop riders by pushing a hard pace for an extended period of time. He was never a frequent winner but this new diesel version of him will have an extremely hard time winning anything that isn't a hilly or mountainous TT. I'm afraid we are witnessing his decline in its full glory, this season and possibly next will be hugely disappointing and underwhelming I feel :(

    On a more positive note, Pantano is an amazing domestique for him, Trek couldn't have signed a better guy. He complements Alberto's style perfectly and he seems very loyal to him as well.
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