Contador's team slump to 9th

2012-08-07 18:20
Cycling (File)

The Hague - The Orica-GreenEdge team won the second stage of the Eneco Tour of the Low Countries on Tuesday, an 18km team time-trial, as the Saxo Bank team of former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador slumped to ninth.

The Australian team clocked 21min 09sec in the race around Sittard to finish one second ahead of Belgian outfit Omega Pharma-Quickstep, with Russia's Katusha third 2sec off the pace.

Belgian Jens Keukeleire was the first Orica rider to cross the finish line, and he takes the overall leader's jersey from Germany's Marcel Kittel, of the Argos-Shimano team.

Contador is making his comeback from a two-year doping ban and, while his team finished ninth fastest at 27sec, the Spaniard drew plenty of positives from the day's stage.

"I felt good and my legs are going quite well, but it was too flat a time-trial for me, because it is on the climbs where I can really make a difference," he said.

"I am happy with the time, we synchronized well with each other, but there were teams out there who are better suited to this stage than us and for whom this race is more important, because we have other objectives further ahead.

"We will recover for the coming days and continue our fine-tuning for the Tour of Spain."

Wednesday's third stage covers 188km from Riemst to Genk in Belgium and should favour the sprinters, with the race finishing on Sunday.

Read more on:    alberto contador  |  cycling

Porte retains Catalonia lead

2015-03-28 18:48


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.