Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) has seen off Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) and Frenchman Jerome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) to win his second stage of the Tour of Murcia in 24 hours and the overall outright.

Contador clocked an impressive time in the final stage, a 12 kilometre time trial through the streets of Murcia, to win the completely flat race against the clock by eight seconds over Coppel and 12 on Menchov.

Overall, the same three riders completed the final podium, with Contador again ahead of Coppel and Menchov.

Best of the rest was none other than Sky’s Alex Dowsett, who took a very promising fourth place in his first full year as a professional, just 19 seconds down on Contador. Dowsett was provisional best right up until the arrival of the last three riders on the overall classification.

Contador’s victory gives the Spaniard a total of three in two days, and is his first stage race win since he returned from his provisional suspension.

In his first race back, the Tour of the Algarve, he finished fourth overall having ridden well in the first uphill finish but failed to shine in the last time trial. This time round, he has managed to maintain his high level of racing right the way through to the end.

Contador’s next race will be the Tour of Catalunya in late March. By then he should know whether the UCI have decided to appeal to CAS about the Spanish Cycling Federation decision to clear him of doping charges, although WADA have until mid-April to reach a decision.

Tour of Murcia 2011, stage three ITT: Murcia to Murcia, 12.4 km
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard in 14-10

2. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun at 8 secs
3. Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC at 12 secs
4. Alex Dowsett (GB) Team Sky at 19 secs
5. Vasili Kiryenka (Blr) Movistar at 26 secs

Final overall classification
1. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo Bank-Sungard

Related links

Stage two: Contador wins Tour of Murcia stage

Tour of Murcia 2011, stage one: Matthews outpaces Downing in opening stage

Preview: Contador heads field in three-day Tour of Murcia

  • Mike

    Stop whinging Winna. If you dont like people commenting on Contador, dont read the thread.

  • katie

    Winnie G please look up the origin of Pommies and you will find it means Prisoners of ( her ) Majesty and means people deported to OZ

  • Winna G

    I really don’t understand you Pommies. You complain more than the Queen, sip on your tea and enjoy a real professional. New topic please, for crying out loud. Up you AC……

  • mike

    When will the UCI do something about the Spanish federation. It protects its own riders/sportspeople regardless of the evidence.
    How many more races will Contador cheat clean riders out of victories, money and prestige before the UCI act?

    Boo hiss indeed.

  • robin

    Boo Hiss. I have no interest in the antics of this filthy little cheat. Please stop reporting on him.

  • Simon E

    Doper wins. Nothing ever changes 🙁

    But don’t forget there are clean riders taking part and winning too. Cheer for them instead.

  • katie

    Is this not just a rerun of the Valverde saga, Spanish rider guilty of doping, winning races, Spanish Federation saying he is not guilty etc and the UCI dithering.
    Why does the UCI not state that if the Spanish do not want to suspend Alberto and will let him race then the UCI ban him from all other events outside Spain and if the Professional riders association is so set on confrontation over radios why do they not unite against Contador who is making a mockery of the sport.

  • Jon

    Chapeau to Coppel, Menchov & Dowsett, the first 3 riders not riding under the shadow of doping charges and a conveniently ignored positive for pasticisers!