The Tour de France 2009 winner isn’t a surprise, but the Tour de France 2009 winner is historic. That is because the Tour de France 2009 winner is the first one in almost a decade to defeat Lance Armstrong. However, Alberto Contador was expected to be the only possible Tour 2009 winner other than Lance Armstrong. Yesterday at the Champs Elysees, Alberto Contador lived up to that promise by officially become the Tour winner, and becoming a Tour champion for the second time.
When Alberto Contador was the Tour de France 2007 winner, it came after Lance Armstrong had retired for the first time, and after the 2006 Tour was tainted by Floyd Landis. Contador was just celebrated for being a Tour de France winner that hadn’t tested positive for anything.
However, Contador has been accused of doping before, just not at an Armstrong or a Landis-like level. Doping scandals were why he was not invited to last year’s Tour, since team Astana was not able to compete in the race due to it. So technically, when Contador became the Tour de France 2009 winner, it was his second straight Tour triumph.
This year, Alberto Contador was pegged to be a Tour de France 2009 favorite, along with teammate Lance Armstrong. Contador and Armstrong bid their time for two weeks, staying just behind temporary leaders.
But in Stage 15, Contador came out the strongest in the Alps, and made himself certain as the Tour de France 2009 winner, with a week still left to go.
Now that Alberto Contador is the official Tour de France 2009 winner, he is now more powerful than Lance Armstrong, for the moment. Still, Contador may not have officially gotten all his deserved respect yet.
In the 2010 Tour, Lance Armstrong will be on a new team, Team RadioShack, and will not be Contador’s teammate next year. Therefore, if Contador pulls ahead in the Alps, Armstrong will not likely concede and help him stay ahead, as he did this year.
The Tour de France 2009 winner officially took team Astana from Lance Armstrong, and now has an even greater feat ahead in 2010. Alberto Contador is still set to be the future of cycling when Armstrong leaves again – and may already be the future of cycling with Armstrong still around.
Best Syndication- “Tour de France 2009 winner is Alberto Contador from Spain” www.bestsyndication.com/
Los Angeles Times- “Lance Armstrong a favorite for 2010 Tour de France” www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-pucin-tour27-2009jul27,0,312723.story