Dear friends, amateurs who have cheered me from grandstands or in
front of the TV screen, communication media, sponsors, cycling event organizers
and authorities: The events that occurred during the Tour have made me
All this is new to me. While I was too focused during the race and
in the role that I was supposed to play for my team, I did not realize other
things, I was not aware of the real importance of winning this race,
even though I had seen it on the TV.
I only came to realize this when the race had finished: police protection,
crowds of people surrounding me, the phone endlessly ringing,
people asking for autographs, and press, lots of press
-- for the good and for the bad.
Three years ago, when I was going to debut in the Tour, a painful experience
due to an illness hampered the start, this almost cost me my life and my
On top of my health frustration, being involved in a doping scandal
which provoked my team to exclude me from the Tour of 2006 was not any
less frustrating. It was a situation of impotence, sadness and disillusion
that changed my vision of the sport, the sport which I am giving the best
years of my life, the sport in which, as mentioned in the letter I wrote
last year, I have always practiced cleanly, with zeal, hard work, and
a great deal of illusion.
Today, from my position as the winner of the 2007 Tour, the most important
race of the world, the race that any cyclist dreams of winning, a race
that I won with effort and honesty, I ask you to continue believing
in bicycling and in me.
And because I have won this race in a clean way and because I have greatly
enjoyed the presence of the fans, I will promise you that
you will continue enjoying my participation since my goal, other than winning
the race, is to make bicycling an attractive and admired sport by all.
That is why, I find it impossible to comprehend the attacks against
me, doubts of my honesty as a sportsman, from people that don't really
know me, but who somehow feel capable of judging and evaluating my condition on a TV screen, diagnosing the nature of physical capacities and my
moral tendencies. Some of them even claim to be doctors. The doctors that
I know, who made it possible for me to be here after treating my illness,
would not talk in public about their patients, not even to mention the
patients of other doctors.
I have never committed an act of doping, I have never participated in
an act of doping and those who know me know what I think about it.
My attitiude against doping is absolute and you would always find me
willing to collaborate; that's why I have met, in every moment, the standard
in bicycling; that's why, year after year I send the UCI the questionnaires of location for being controlled at any moment that this sport's authorities consider is necessary; that's
why I have passed surprise and programmed exams, in my own house and in
competitions, during seasons of rest, blood and urine tests, which logically
are way more that what any other participant of the race has to take.
I count with the full support of the UCI, (Consejo Superior de Deportes),
the Spanish federation of bicycling and State Secretary of Sports, Jaime
Lissavetzky. The place of celebration of this act endorses my statement.
Furthermore, I am willing to take part in as many studies as needed
for the authorities concerning doping, including my DNA.
I don't know if there's anything left to do to be considered as a just
winner of the race; but if after this appearance, in which I express my
absolute collaboration, the defamatory information and attacks still persists,
which affect my family, my team, sponsors and peers, I would defer to the
legal system and any relevant rule of law.
If the immeasurable damages towards me are compensated economically,
part of it would go towards the fight against doping.
This is the contribution that Alberto Contador Velasco, winner of the
Tour 2007, provides to the credibility and renaissance of the new cycling,
which would not be possible without the media, authorities, laws and amateurs.
Thank you to everybody
Madrid, August 10th, 2007