Pyrenees find out struggling champ Contador

DEFENDING champion Alberto Contador lost further ground on the first mountain stage of this year’s Tour de France.

The three-time winner began yesterday’s 12th stage across the Pyrenees over four minutes behind race leader Thomas Voeckler.

And although he remains a similar distance adrift of the Europcar rider, crucially he is now 2mins 11secs, 1:54 and 1:43 adrift of second-placed Frank Schleck, third-placed Cadel Evans and fourth-placed Andy Schleck, respectively. He said: “I couldn’t do anything more. I’m feeling a bit tired after the Giro.”