As reported yesterday, the UCI has told the cycling world to be nice to Alberto Contador ahead of his defence of his Tour de France title next month, which comes before his appearance at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. That request came too late, however, to prevent the Saxo Bank-SunGard rider being pulled over by les flics earlier this week as he undertook a recce of the descent of the Galibier, which features in this year’s race.
The Spaniard’s offence? Well, with the road snaking through tunnels as it heads downwards off the pass, the French police stopped Contador to tell him that he needed to make himself visible to other road users, according to L’Equipe.
That put an end to the training ride, with Contador clambering into the team car to continue his journey down the mountain. We’re sure that Specialized, who supply the Danish ProTeam’s bikes, will be able to dig out a suitable set of lights for him from their range.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.