Rider profile: Alberto Contador
Team: Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
Stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title after being found guilty of a doping offence, Alberto Contador is still riding the hard road to redemption, even after a return from suspension that saw him win La Vuelta in 2012.
As such, there are those cycling fans who will never see Contador as a great of the sport, although his sublime all-round talent is undeniable: he can time-trial with the best of them, he can climb with the very best of all-time.
Beaten into second by rival Chris Froome in the 2013 Tour of Oman, all the signs are that Contador will challenge strongly for a podium place in Paris, though he might not have the legs these days to match the likes of Froome and Vincenzo Nibali.
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