Alberto Contador’s time trial bike drama didn’t seem to bother him today in stage 5’s time trial. He took second in the stage and secured his overall victory in the Tour of the Algarve. Luis León Sánchez won the stage with a time of 21 minutes, 32 seconds. Contador was 13 behind.
The time bike confusion started Friday night when the UCI disallowed Contador’s Specialized Shiv time trial bike. The UCI stated that the headtube area falls outside the measurements that are allowed by 8 millimeters.
Specialized scrambled to replace the Shiv with the Transition model which still required some slight modifications to become UCI legal.
1º Alberto Contador
2º Luis Leon Sanchez
3º Tiago Machado
RESULTS: Stage 5 time trial
1º Luis León Sánchez (Caisse D’Epargne), 21m32s (Média: 47,926 km/h)
2º Alberto Contador (Astana), a 13s
3º Sebastien Rosseler (RadioShack), a 16s
4º Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack), a 22s
5º Frantisek Rabon (Team HTC-Columbia), a 23s