From VeloNation: As the year heads towards an end, Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has been reflecting on the 2009 season and looking ahead to 2010. It was a tough year for the Spaniard, but also a very rewarding one; he won his second Tour de France, of course, and thus his fourth Grand Tour, but also showed strongly in other races.
Proving he is a rider who can perform well from the start of the season, he collected a stage and the overall victory in the Volta ao Algarve, two stages in Paris-Nice, two stages and the general classification in the Vuelta al PaÃƒÂs Vasco, third in the DauphinÃƒÂ© LibÃƒÂ©rÃƒÂ©, and finished the year as the number one in the UCIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s world ranking.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It will be hard to matchÃ¢â‚¬Â¦I not only won the Tour, which was my goal, but I also was battling in every race in which I participated and got very good results,Ã¢â‚¬Â the 27 year old told the Spanish newspaper AS. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This earned me the Velo dÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Or and the UCI number one ranking. You can not ask for more. I think it was the best season of my career. And also the most difficult.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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