Alberto Contador (Astana) showed his rivals that there are no excuses for cautious ‘off season’ performances by winning the mountain-top stage three and snatching the overall lead
at the Tour of Algarve on Friday
.

The 2009 Tour de France winner launched a late attack from the bunch, accelerating away from his rivals to take the stage win at the summit of Alto do Malhao comfortably ahead of Team RadioShack rivals Tiago Machado and Levi Leipheimer in second and third.

Two stages remain in the five-day race based in the Algarve region of Portugal. Sunday’s final stage, an individual 17.2km test against the clock, will decide whether Contador can defend last year’s overall victory against a collective RadioShack onslaught.

Britain’s David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) came in 110th on the stage, over six minutes behind Contador and lies 107th overall. A winner of an individual time trial stage in last year’s Vuelta a Espana, Millar will be one to watch in Sunday’s final time trial.

 David Millar, Tour of the Algarve 2010, stage 3
David Millar in action

Alberto Contador wins, Tour of the Algarve 2010, stage 3

Alberto Contador gives his trademark pistol salute

 Alberto Contador, Tour of the Algarve 2010, stage three
Alberto Contador celebrates his early-season win

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  • John Calliott

    Great introduction, Nigel. It’s great to know that after more than six hours in the horrible weather Thursday, his Astana teammates were willing to push the pace this whole stage so that Alberto could gain good time on a relatively short climb. It was also De la Fuente’s first chance to step up a bit.