Alberto Contador`s Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing over a failed dope test has been postponed until at least November.
Alberto Contador said winning a fourth Tour de France title this year was now "impossible" after he cracked in the final ascent of Thursday`s 18th stage won by Andy Schleck.
Alberto Contador, with ground to make up on his rivals, needs to draw on his fine climbing skills on Thursday in the first of two breath-sapping stages that could go a long way to deciding this year`s Tour de France winner.
Edvald Boasson-Hagen snatched a fourth Tour de France stage victory for his country when he won the 179-km 17th stage.
Alberto Contador sent a warning to his rivals with repeated stinging attacks in the 16th stage of the Tour de France won by Norway`s Thor Hushovd.
Recovery permitting, Alberto Contador will revert to his usual attacking style in the Alps with his Tour de France title looking in jeopardy after two weeks of racing.
Saxo Bank manager Bjarne Riis admits Alberto Contador must have at least one good day in the mountains soon if he is to have any chance of defending his Tour de France crown.
Spain experienced mixed emotions on the first Tour de France stage in the Pyrenees as Samuel Sanchez won in Luz-Ardiden but Alberto Contador showed unexpected signs of weakness.
Andy Schleck`s chances of winning this year`s Tour de France are likely to become clearer on Thursday when the first stage in the high mountains puts rival Alberto Contador`s knee to the test.
Alberto Contador dismissed a report suggesting the three-times champion could be about to quit the Tour de France because of a knee problem.
Alberto Contador dismissed on Tuesday a report suggesting the three-times champion could be about to quit the Tour de France because of a knee problem.
Alberto Contador is putting a brave face on a disappointing Tour de France campaign which has left him in a race against time to get fit for key stages.
With harder climbs to follow in the Pyrenees and Alps, three-time Tour winner Contador preferred to save energy on Saturday`s stage.
Alberto Contador showed his true colours at last with a stinging attack in the fourth stage.
Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck renewed their rivalry as riders started the Tour de France on Saturday.
Much to the dismay of Tour de France organisers, a cloud of doping suspicion will hang over their race, and in particular over triple champion Alberto Contador, when the 2011 edition begins Saturday.
While Alberto Contador was making headlines for the right and the wrong reasons, Andy Schleck spent a low-key season gearing up for the Tour de France.
Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador finished runner-up in the Spanish nationals.
Alberto Contador heads Saxo Bank`s assault on next month`s race with the Spaniard gunning for a fourth title in five years.
Saxo Bank are to continue sponsoring the cycling team of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.
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