Alberto Contador is the best stage racer in the world. To that title he has now added “best overweight stage racer.”
Despite carrying over 3 extra kilos, the Spaniard has won two mountain stages in the Tour de San Luis, sometimes called Alberto’s First And Last Stage Race of 2012.
“I’m very happy,” said Contador. “If at the beginning of the race you would have told me that I will win two stages I would not have believed.”
Even fastidious little Levi Leipheimer, who is always at race weight, could not keep up with Contador on the nasty 6.7 climb to the finish. Besides, he’s not wasting an extra gram of energy because he wants the whole San Luis empanada.
“My objective and the objective of Omega Pharma-Quick Step is to keep the jersey so this is my goal, not the stage win,” said Leipheimer. “My team did a lot of work and I can’t risk anything so I can only think about the jersey.”
Even with the additional kilos, Contador is a killer, a stone cold Pistolero. Perhaps he’s also motivated to win a few stages because this coming week is the biggest one in his career. The three judges at the Court of Arbitration in Sport will finally decide whether he should be penalized for his Spanish steak con clenbuterol.
For a race so early in the season, the Tour de San Luis has been a thrilling one. But nowhere near as spine-tingling and dramatic as the upcoming court verdict in Lausanne, Switzerland. We’ll also learn the effectiveness of Saxo Bank’s brilliant plan to influence the Israeli judge by holding a training camp in Israel.
We’ll soon know if San Luis is the start of a return to dominance in the Tour de France or the only race he’ll ride for the entire year. Contador still has a few kilos to lose but perhaps he’s about to lose something even more important.
Weight is one thing but for Contador this could be a very very lean year indeed.