"Andy Schleck was my biggest rival" says Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador described the recently retired Andy Schleck as the rider he "battled most with" during his career

Alberto Contador has said that the now retired Andy Schleck was the "biggest rival" of his whole career so far,  placing the Luxembourger in higher esteem than current rival Chris Froome.

Schleck, who quit professional cycling after suffering a bad knee injury in the 2014 Tour de France, finished runner-up to Contador in two editions of the Tour in 2009 and 2010 before subsequently being awarded the latter after the Spaniard had it stripped for doping.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).