Is Alberto Contador really back? Can we make that extreme statement, that after his dominant win in stage 5 of Tirreno-Adriatico that the Pistolero is firing again?
Has the post-clenbuterol Contador returned to his pre-clenbuterol form, back in the days when he didn’t just win grand tours, he destroyed his rivals.
Well, hard to say. However, his savage accelerations his recall his glory days. He dropped Nairo Quintana like like the Colombian had dropped him in the last Tour de France. He has over two minutes over Quintana on GC and nobody looks like they’re up to the challenge of beating Alberto up a mountain.
How exciting would it have been if Tour champion Chris Froome hadn’t come down with a sore back, forcing him to scratch his Tirreno-Adriatico participation. Had the South African also been on the ride up to the Muro di Guardiagrele, we’d have a much better idea of Contador’s condition.
Still, Contador got everyone’s attention in T-A and Oleg Tinkov, the money behind the Tinkoff-Saxo squad, must be thrilled. In fact, he tweeted “vodka day” in honor of Contador’s win and was in a festive mood. “Well done, but more to come. Concentrate! I am very proud of you!” Take that, Sky bots.
It wasn’t a Tour stage win but the Spaniard was thrilled nonetheless. “Without a doubt this win will remain one the best of my career and one that I’ll always remember. It flashed by in a second but it’ll be a special memory,” said Contador. “I knew it was risky to try and attack so far out, but I really wanted this victory and I like to do things like that.”
Yup, Alberto used to do things like that all the time. Yorkshire is a long way off but things just heated up a little more.