Alberto Contador bags 3rd Vuelta title

Alberto Contador’s fans must be in great mood of late- their dapper hero has bagged in his 3rd prestigious Vuelta Espana title which also marks the 6th Grand Tour triumph of his illustrious career.

The cycling world was really worried about Contador’s fitness issues given his broken tibia injury during the 2014 Tour de France race – but the Spaniard looked really comfortable with overall lead at 21st & final time-trial stage while biking through rain-drenched Santiago Compostela.

Contador had been Vuelta champion in 2008 & 2012 as well. It was Chris Froome who lost out to him this time by 70 seconds bagging the 2nd position and  Alejandro Valverde came up at the 3rd position.

Adriano Malori from Italy bagged triumph in Santiago’s final stage.

It was a great win for the Tinkoff-Saxo cyclist which was made even more flamboyant as he beat Team Sky star Froome in 2 queen stages. 6 years back, Alberto rode & won Giro Italia and Spain Tour when his Astana squad was left out from Tour France given a doping past. Vuelta 2012 was like his comeback tour that year as Contador was compelled to miss out on Tour France given a doping suspension. This year too, he lost out on his chances at Tour France given a bad crash that fractured his shinbone on the tenth stage.

Alberto was also not sure of his participation at Vuelta as he was not exactly sure of his fitness and form initially. However, he had a change of mind & declared that he would be targeting a stage triumph in the 1st week. He definitely kept the promise made & went even further becoming the very formidable climber again as he was prior to the doping ban- ably resisting brutal accelerations from Froome.

Cadel Evans presumes Richie Porte can dash all hopes of winning with one slip

Cadel Evans is suggesting that Richie Porte is moving on the right track of Tour de France and it will be just a single disastrous day if he can clear up the mountains.  Vincenzo Nibali is ahead of the Tasmanian by 23 seconds and 2 minutes.

According to Evans, the position of Porte was perfect after Chris Froome, the defending champion quit last week owing to injury. He believes that Richie had all the potentials for going in and doing a great week three when placed with Froome and Wiggins in the last two years. The only contention is that throughout history it is seen that out of three days race he has always messed up with one of them.

Of course, he has become a year older and wiser and gained experience and if he just avoids one day then he can be well placed upon the podium. He hopes the best for him. He has invested lot of energy into the sport by giving sport what he wanted to and in return at time it is the sports way of saying thank you to him.

Playing against Nibali would be tough that is what he had predicted but if Porte continues to perform in a similar fashion then he can give a tough fight. He feels that everyone goes through a bad day in sport but when playing for the podium such mistakes have to be avoided t all costs. Eventually, he will have the maturity to stay intact and win it from the position.

Evans, himself is planning to ride in Spain for Sammy Sanchez but is unsure whether he would be contending to be fit enough to take part in the grand tour again. It is the result in Spain which will be the determining factor of his future.