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Contador: 'Everything is much clearer'

Updated: July 20, 2009, 12:58 PM ET
Reuters

SION, Switzerland -- Alberto Contador said Monday he took a big step toward winning the Tour de France when he crushed his rivals in Sunday's first Alpine stage and gained the full backing of his Astana team.

"After yesterday's result, everything is much clearer within the team now," said Contador, who leads teammate Lance Armstrong by 1 minute, 37 seconds as the peloton enjoys a rest day in Switzerland. "[Lance] said yesterday he would back me. I believe him."

The Spaniard ...

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