Alberto Contador delivers at Tirreno-Adriatico

Spanish Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador back to pre-doping ban form at Tirreno-Adriatico

Alberto Contador on the podium after winning Stage 5 and taking the overall lead of the 2014 Tirreno Adriatico

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) put on a demonstration in Tirreno-Adriatico today that followers have not seen since the days before his doping ban. He danced away solo on his pedals, won the stage, fired his imaginary pistol and just about locked the overall win.

Team Manager Bjarne Riis said, "He always had that pistol but maybe it was not loaded at times!"

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.