Championship ride

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alberto_contador_wideweb__470x289,0Failing a complete disaster for Contador in the remaining stages, this is a photo of the next TdF champion.

With every tour champion comes the doping allegations. Contador’s performance has been stunning, and Greg Lemond was quoted today in the Australian press openly questioning Alberto’s advantage …

Contador dodges questions on doping
Rupert Guinness at Lake Annecy,
July 24, 2009 – 7:12AM

It took only two questions into Tour de France leader Alberto Contador’s press conference after winning the stage 18 time trial before the Spaniard found himself fending off questions about a newspaper column by former triple champion Greg LeMond that said he must prove he has raced clean.

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LeMond, referring to the 8.5km climb at an average gradient of 7.5 per cent, wrote: “Never has a rider in the Tour climbed so fast. How do you explain such a performance? According to the last information published by former Festina trainer and specialist in performance Antoine Vayer in [the French newspaper] Liberation, the Spanish rider would have needed a VO2 max (consummation of oxygen) of 99.5 ml/mn/kg to produce such an effort.

“To my knowledge this figure has never been achieved by any athlete in any sport. It is a bit like if you took a nice Mercedes out of the car showroom, lined it up on a Formula 1 circuit and won the race. There is something that is wrong. It would be interesting to know what is under the bonnet.”

Sydney Morning Herald

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