Alberto Contador pulled over by police on descent of Galibier - for riding without lights
Tour de France champ told he needs to show more lanterne rouge than maillot jaune
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.