22 Sep 2008

Contador wins Tour of Spain

5:43 am on 22 September 2008

The Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador has won the Tour of Spain.

Levi Leipheimer of the United States was second with Carlos Sastre of Spain third.

Contador, who won the Tour de France in 2007 and the Giro d'Italia this year, is the first Spaniard and fifth rider to win all three of the major races.

Contador's career took a setback in 2004 when he suffered a cavernoma -- a vascular disorder in the brain -- and needed six months to recover.

Back on the bike in January 2005, Contador rode his first Tour de France the same year, finishing 31st.

Contador's team were barred from the 2006 Tour because of the Operacion Puerto anti-doping investigation. The rider himself was cleared of any wrongdoing.

In the 2007 Tour, after taking a mountain-top stage win in the Pyrenees, Contador inherited the yellow jersey when Dane Michael Rasmussen was kicked out of the race.