World Championships vs. Vuelta

David MoncoutiƩ of Cofidis being closely marked by David de la Fuente in the claret jersey of King of the Mountains on Stage 11 of the 2009 Vuelta.

Ever since 1995 when the Vuelta a EspaƱa was moved from it’s original slot in April to it’s current position in September there have been cries to have it moved back to late Spring where it started. Another suggestion which seems to be voiced more and more frequently (and has been rumoured as already confirmed) is to have it reduced from a 3 week stage race down to just 2 weeks. Both of these schools of thought aim to make the Vuelta a more attractive proposition for the big names of world cycling.

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Contador’s Difficult Second Tour

Eddy Merckx, Greg Lemond and Alberto Contador

As the large volume of cyclists transferring between teams continues, there still lies a question mark over the future of Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. His current team Astana seem intent on forcing him to see out the remaining year of his current contract, while the rider himself has been flirting with the idea of joining either Garmin-Slipstream or Caisse d’Epargne. Contador’s aim for 2010 will most certainly be to win his third Tour de France, having taken his second victory under difficult circumstances this year. In an interview in this month’s Cycle Sport magazine, he says that the 2009 tour, despite his victory, wasn’t a particularly pleasant experience, adding “I don’t want to go through all that again…I want to be in a team where everybody is fighting 100 per cent to win the Tour”.

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