Alberto Contador (Astana) has again proven himself a champion that can handle turmoil. Hours before Sunday’s final time trial at Portugal’s Tour of the Algarve, Contador’s RED and Zipp equipped Specialized SHIV time trial bicycle was banned by the UCI. Racing on an unfamiliar TT machine, Contador finished second on the stage behind fellow countryman, and primary challenger, Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne).
Contador’s second place in the final day’s 17.2km TT was enough to give him his second overall win at Algarve on SRAM RED, with SRAM’s innovative 1090 R2C (return to center) aero shift levers. He took the overall lead by winning 173.7km stage three, 11 seconds ahead of Team RadioShack’s Tiago Machado and Levi Leipheimer.
Team RadioShack had a notable five days of racing. Sebastian Rosseler won Saturday’s stage and teammate Machado finished third overall, just one place ahead of Leipheimer. They also won the Team Competition.
Over Results – Feb, 17 – 21, 2010 Tour of Algarve – Portugal
1st Alberto Contador (Astana) – SRAM RED, Zipp wheels 19:57:48
2nd Luis Leon Sanchez (Caisse d’Epargne) 0:00:30
3rd Tiago Machado (Team RadioShack) – SRAM RED 0:00:32
4th Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) – SRAM RED 0:00:37