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Rather than sit down and have a perfectly justified depression, Alberto's been keeping us updated on his training, mostly via Twitter. I've borrowed quite a few of his pics from there...

Alberto was back on the road in a non-descript kit immediately after the beginning of his ban.

white



training1

training2

training3

training4

He commissioned a personalized kit with encouragement messages printed all over the jersey.

kit

with friends

ITT

On the Bola del Mundo:

Bola

And in Gran Canaria, with Jesus Hernandez.

Canaria1

Canaria2

He took a tumble at some point this summer, but that didn't stop him from training like a madman.

tumble

Unfortunately, Alberto could not participate in the Marcha Contador (and the blasted UCI didn't let his team mates participate either), but he was there for the festivities.

Marcha

Lots of puppy love must have helped these months.

Tour

Etna

When he wasn't hanging out with Fran in airports...

Fran

...Alberto was honored by his High School in Pinto...

PabloPicasso

... and the San Jorge de Malpartida de Cáceres college in Extremadura, where part of Alberto's family hails from.

honors

He rode with kids and adopted a penguin, as part of a charity event for people with various illnesses.

kids

penguin

But, most amusingly... he sold mattresses for Flex.

nice pose

zzzz

come hither

sitting

Here is the add: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08_HIWuacUk. And his final reply: "If they thought I would stay in bed, it's because they don't know me."

Part of the Flex campaign was climbing the Tourmalet and all the other mountains en route to it, from stage 17 of TdF 2010. All on his own and broadcast live on the internet, for all to see. Flex put up the entire trip on their youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UClamBSj-8vehYzl_EW5wHSA

Alberto did not stay in bed indeed... He had a cup of coffee first,and off he went.

coffee

climb

climb1

climb2

Some relaxing was needed after all that...

relax



Alberto will be back for the Eneco Tour and San Sebastian and the Vuelta. He's also a likely participant in Giro di Lombardia and the World Championships. It's great, seeing him in this part of the season and, as my favorite Lord of the Rings quote says: "Now come the days of the King. May they be blessed"

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onehapa
Aug. 15th, 2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Aaaahhhhhhh, Alberto feels! Not used to them after him (and you my main supplier of Alberto news) being gone so long. But so excited that he's (and you are) back!
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