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Alberto Contador relieved to avoid ban

Updated: February 16, 2011, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal -- Alberto Contador relished getting back on his bike a day after he was cleared of doping, and the reigning Tour de France champion finished 28th on Wednesday in the first stage of the Tour of Algarve.

"Today was a great day for me," Contador said. "The truth is it's a day I enjoyed more than any other in recent times. I enjoyed being on the bike today like no other in a long time."

Contador, the two-time defending champion of the five-stage race through southern ...

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