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Benjamin Noval Wants to Help Alberto Contador at the Tour

benjamin noval wants to help alberto contador at the tour   Benjamin Noval Wants to Help Alberto Contador at the Tour

Spaniard Benjamin Noval is motivated to get to the 2010 Tour de France and help his teammate and friend, two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador. He promises to be there for Contador in the Tour in July, and he wants to regain his position as Contador’s “bodyguard.” “Just like a lot of fans, I believe that Astana didn’t work for Alberto during the last Tour. They were not united. In 2010, nevertheless, I am convinced that we are all going to be rowing in the same direction. We don’t have the stars like RadioShack does, but in the end, I believe we will be up to the job because all of us are clear on who is the leader, what the objective is and how our jobs are,” Noval told Spanish daily MARCA. Noval, nicknamed “el toro,” did not participate in 2009′s Tour because of the…

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Lance Armstrong Speaks on Conflict with Alberto Contador

lance armstrong speaks on conflict with alberto contador   Lance Armstrong Speaks on Conflict with Alberto Contador

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has had many publicized conflicts with other cyclists, many of which have been fabricated just for the media to intimidate his competition. The conflict between Armstrong and two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador, however, is real. “We are not making it up. It’s there,” Armstrong says of the conflict to Australian magazine Sport&Style. Contador is not particularly fond of Armstrong either; “My relationship with Armstrong is zero.” I think that independently of what his character is, he is still a great champion. He has won seven Tours and played a big role in this one, too. But it’s different to speak at a personal level… I have never really admired him that much, or will, ever. But of course as a cyclist he is a great champion,” adds Contador. It’s no secret that we are not friends. It…

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Ivan Basso will be Returning to the Tour in 2010

ivan basso will be returning to the tour in 2010   Ivan Basso will be Returning to the Tour in 2010

Italian cyclist Ivan Basso will be returning to the Tour de France in 2010, four years after he left just before the tour and the beginning of Operacion Puerto. He will be co-captain of team Liquigas at the Giro d’Italia alongside Franco Pellizotti, and he will also be one of three leaders in July at the Tour. “I have the most experience of us for the Tour. Franco will not race for the classification and our two young guys will join me on the team. They will have more freedom if I am there with the big stars,” says Basso. He is just returning this year after two years of suspension due to the Operacion Puerto doping investigation.

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Alejandro Valverde Wants to Ride the Tour in 2010

alejandro valverde wants to ride the tour in 2010   Alejandro Valverde Wants to Ride the Tour in 2010

Vuelta a Espana champion Alejandro Valverde is uncertain whether or not he will be defending his title in 2010, with hopes to race in the Tour de France instead. “The Tour is the race with more international prestige. We’ll see how the season develops. I always take on a race with the maximum guarantees of success. The road always puts everything in its place, but in principle, I will go with the challenge of hoping for everything.” However, Valverde may not even be racing at all come 2010, as Italian authorities think he may have been involved in Operacion Puerto, which dates back to 2006. Valverde couldn’t compete in the Tour this year because of his two-year ban from cycling in Italy, as the Tour includes 80km through Italian territory. The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency are trying to extend the ban to the…

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Alberto Contador is Relaxed About His Deal with Astana

alberto contador is relaxed about his deal with astana   Alberto Contador is Relaxed About His Deal with Astana

By now, we all know of the huge story of whether or not two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will stay with his current team Astana, and if not, where will he go if he does leave. Well, it has been made clear that Contador will be staying at least another year with Astana, and now he speaks publicly about it for the first time. “I am happy with the solution because it was time to clarify my future. I had already arrived at a preliminary agreement with the team and everything was dependent on the (ProTour) license. In the end, just as we hoped, I will stay with Astana,” says Contador. “I believe we’re going to have a good team, perhaps not as potent, above all in terms of name, but I am fully confident in the work we will do and the big…

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Joaquim Rodriguez Moves to Katusha in Hopes of Getting a Chance at the Tour

joaquim rodriguez moves to katusha in hopes of getting chance at tour   Joaquim Rodriguez Moves to Katusha in Hopes of Getting a Chance at the Tour

Spanish professional cyclist Joaquim has moved to Katusha in hopes of getting a chance to ride at the Tour de France. Rodriguez has met with his new team last week, and will report for training camp in January. “It will be like a dream for me to be at the start line of the Tour. I will race it like I did the Giro in 2008, with tranquility and try to win a stage,” says 31-year-old Rodriquez. Check back soon for news on Rodriguez’s progress.

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Ivan Basso Returning to Tour de France?

ivan basso returning to tour de france   Ivan Basso Returning to Tour de France?

Italian cyclist Ivan Basso may be returning to the Tour de France for the 2010 season. He will decide next month with his team, Liquigas, if he will be riding in the Giro d’Italia, the Tour de France, or both. Basso is no stranger when it comes to grand tours, as he won the 2006 Giro d’Italia, and placed second behind Lance Armstrong at the 2005 Tour de France. “When I saw the Tour route I said, ‘very cool’ to myself. The Tour is the Tour. I like it all: the pavé, climbs, descents. Like the Giro, when you love something, you love all parts of it,” says Basso. “The Giro, Tour and Vuelta give me the strongest feelings. The Giro because I am Italian, I have already won it, and I want to win it again….

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