20
Jul
09

Alberto Contador Wins Stage 15, Your Girlfriend’s Heart

Tour de France 2009 Stage Fifteen

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF ALBERTO CONTADOR VELASCO:

7.20.09 (VERBIER, SWITZERLAND) – The Office of Alberto Contador Velasco (TOACV) is proud to announce that the world’s strongest cyclist and UCI ProTeam Astana leader, Alberto Contador, has won Stage 15 of the 2009 Tour de France, a demanding mountain top finish in the Swiss ski town of Verbier. Contador is very much excited for his second Tour de France victory, to be celebrated on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday, July 26th, and would like to invite you and a guest to attend (please consider using mass transit, as parking will be limited).

Contador launched a brilliant attack with only 5 km to go and launched away from a group of riders including the Schleck brothers of Saxo Bank and Garmin’s Vande Velde. He quickly distanced himself from the chase group and was pleased to win the stage 43 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. The win has placed Contador firmly in the maillot jaune, and he looks forward to getting it framed at an expensive Swiss frame shop during the Monday rest day.

Tour de France 2009 Stage Fifteen

TOACV would also like to quickly salute Contador’s teammates, who made the Stage 15 victory possible.  Special thanks go to head domestique, Lance Armstrong, who gave a valiant effort on the slopes of Verbier and provided Contador with the perfect launching pad for his genius attack.

Even though he would go on to collapse under the weight of America’s sporting expectations and had to be escorted to the summit by teammate Andreas Klöden, Armstrong’s not-entirely-voluntary sacrifice made Contador’s victory a reality. ¡Gracias!

Thanks also to Johan Bruyneel, who allowed Contador to listen to his Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows audiobook through his radio during the climb. Contador may also take time on his rest day to see the new movie, which is receiving positive reviews, although it depends if he can find someone to go with him (Levi Leipheimer was his Tour Potter buddy and – fun fact! – has read the entire series three times).

Next up is Tuesday’s Stage 16, a 159 km mountain stage moving from Switzerland to Italy to France. Two massive climbs, the Col du Grand-Saint-Bernard (Cat H, 24.4 km climb to 6.2%) and the Col du Petit-Saint-Bernard (Cat 1, 22.6 km climb to 5.1%), will give contenders plenty of opportunities for attack, but Contador has been assured by a squad of Spanish clergy and tarot readers that the yellow jersey will remain his.

TOACV would like to thank you for your time and support during this year’s Tour de France — we know it’s been a busy summer — and Alberto Contador looks forward to seeing you in the crowd from the top podium position in Paris.

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[see also: Alberto Contador Will Win Tour, Make Love to You]

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