After the fiasco with Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador makes a comeback by winning in the Volta ao Algarve. He won second place in the stage five time trial by a mere 30 seconds over everyone including his fellow countryman, Luis Leon Sanchez, who set the pace for the race. He bested Team Radioshack’s Tiago Machado who finished third; Andreas Klöden came up eight, and Levi Leipheimer who got fourth place.
Although the fellow rider Daniel Navarro took the 58th place in overall standings, both wins served to uplift the team’s morale for the Tour de France and Paris-Nice. Contador opens the 2010 Tour as the reigning champion.
Algarve proved to be a benchmark for Contador and his teammates. To be victorious against challenges in the race translates their passion to excel. “Every one has ridden out of their skin. They finished very tired but we are very happy,” observed Contador.
The win also meant something more for Contador. This was due to the controversy of his Specialized Shiv time trial bike which he used in the final stage. Contador was not very confident over the bike’s performance at the start but he was evidently pleased when the result was a victory.
The speedy Spaniard is now focusing on his form to be a candidate as a triple Tour champion.