Rider updates: Alberto Contador, Alexandre Vinokourov and Nicolas Roche

I’m following the progress of three stage racers in 2012: arguably the greatest of his generation, Alberto Contador, Astana’s Alexandre Vinokourov – in probably his last year before retirement –  and AG2R’s Nico Roche. The three have been enjoying [not sure that’s the correct word – Ed] wildly different starts to the 2012 season. Here’s a quick summary of what they have been doing over the last few weeks.
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Inside the Peloton – Nicolas Roche

Written with Gerard Cromwell. Published by Transworld Books.

This book takes the Grand Tour diaries Nico Roche wrote for the Irish Daily Star and the Irish Independent and weaves them around his life story to date. It was last year’s prestigious Bord Gais Energy Irish Sports Book of the Year, beating off some highly reputable contenders such as Paul Kimmage’s Engage, Ronnie Whelan’s Walk On and autobiographies by jockey Tony McCoy and Irish rugby star Donncha O’Callaghan.

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Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise preview

After all the excitement in the southern hemisphere in Australia and South America, it’s finally time for the French and European season opener. It’s the 33rd edition of the Grand Prix Cycliste La Marseillaise, owned and run by the newspaper of the same name.

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