Posts Tagged ‘Alberto Contador’

The more things change… Fausto Coppi (5′ 9½”) and Alberto Contador (5′ 9½”) position on the bike.

Coppi Contador bikes

Note that although there is a bigger drop from saddle to stem on Contador’s bike the default modern position in the hoods is actually higher then the old in the drops position of Coppi.


I plugged in the geometry of Coppi’s 1949 Bianchi which can be found in the Winter 2008 issue of BQ and a Specialized Tarmac SL3. It doesn’t look it in the photo but the front and back are equally shorter so weight distribution does not change as was pointed out in the comments. I thought the longer stem on the modern bike might provide additional leverage but Coppi’s stem was 115 and I chose a 130 for the Specialized and looking at the drawing the difference is not dramatic. For a rider switching between the hoods and the drops while racing the contact points are very similar between the 2 geometries.

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The Schleck brothers and Alberto Contador where in Holland for the annual Post Tour criterium of Stiphout. Alberto took first with brothers Andy and Frank taking 2nd and 3rd. Looks like it was quite the party.

Translation of Contador’s interview:

q: It’s two days after. How do you feel?
AC: Good, well, a little tired after these days of partying after the tour but I think good.

q: After the biggest race in the world you are in Holland how is it?
AC: Yes, well, after the Tour here in Holland, today with a desire to win.

q: Are you going to win tonight?
AC: I’d like to but it will be difficult with the Schleck brothers. They are strong and there are two of them but I’m going to try.

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contador2Alberto Contador rode off the front on the climb to Verbier like he was shot out of a cannon. Contador’s ferocious multiple accelerations on a climb are a sight to behold. Contador took the yellow jersey and left no doubt as to who was the strongest rider in the Tour and on his Astana team.

In an incredible day of racing Andy Schleck and Bradley Wiggins distinguished themselves, as did Andreas Klöden who did a stellar job pulling Lance Armstrong up the mountain. Carlos Sastre looks like he could be a threat on Ventoux and get himself back into contention. Finally, Fabian Cancellara every time he is in the mix shows himself to be the classiest rider in the peloton.

Original photo of Contador: Christophe Karaba / EFE

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