What an incredible performance by Alberto Contandor who was born 6 December 1982, the Spaniard who ride for Team Astana..In less than 15 moths he won all grand tours in cycling..Last year in July he won Tour de France, the continuing his climbing and time trial abilities to wore Maglia Rossa (leader jersey) on last April to won Giro d'Italia, and last Sunday, a history wrote by him when he win Vuelta a Espana..
I was so admire with his abilities to conquer major climb and also can push harder when Individual Time Trial race begin..despite that he looking so dominant in last Vuelta when he got 1st in overall classification, 3rd in mountain classification and 2nd in points classification..with an age was 25, he make cycling history to join another 4 cycling legends who were win all the grand tours.. Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault..Even Lance Armstrong just only win Tour de France for eight time consecutively..
I can't imagine how successful the Spaniard growth their cyclist since they were young..how they develop their organization and training regiment, and finally to show the world how the Spaniard can achieve in cycling..many people in cycling world will know the name of current star like Carlos Sastre winner of this year Tour de France, legends such as Jose Manuel Fuente (70's), Pedro Delgado (80's), Miguel Indurain, Abraham Olano and Roberto Heras (90's)..
Vuelta first held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain..the inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3,411 km (2,119 mi.) course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240km (149 mi.) per stage.. it was inspired by the success of the Tours in France and Italy, and the boost they brought to the circulations of their sponsoring newspapers (L'Auto and La Gazzetta dello Sport respectively)..
In Malaysia we are so proud with Le Tour de Langkawi since 1996, but in the last 2 years we can saw Malaysian riders, show their performance among the pros..the name like Anuar Manan, Mohd Haidar was a good sprinter that Malaysian must develop properly..
I believe if our good cyclist will send to Europe to training and ride with professional team, one day we can see Malaysian with a podium in any tours in this world..