Alberto Contador Rounds Out Spanish Dominance of Sports World
Alberto Contador, winning his third Tour de France, has put the exclamation mark on a fantastic summer for Spain.
The past two months, beginning with Nadal's victory at the French Open, have been dominated by Spanish athlete.
Here is a look at the Spanish athletes that have succeeded in the summer of 2010.
Alberto Contador cemented his claim to being the best cyclist in the World after winning his third Tour de France.
He has also won the other important races in Italy and Spain.
Despite a more than outstanding challenge from Andy Schenck—that included a controversial stage in which Contador did not wait for Schenck who faced mechanical troubles—Contador was able to overcome and bring another accomplishment to his homeland.
Despite a difficult year for Ferrari in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso was able to win the German Grand Prix with some help from his Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa.
Massa led throughout the race, and seemed poise to win just a year after suffering a life threatening crash in the same race, but he let his teammate pass him in a challenge to FIA rules since Alonso is closer in the general standings to winning the Formula 1 title.
Alonso emphasized that it was a team decision, not his or Massa's, to help the team win.
Spain wins first World Cup
Most Spaniards will have a hard time remembering the other great sports moments of the summer.
In a country with arguably the best soccer league in the world, Spain's reputation as perpetual chokers finally gave way to a championship.
It wasn't the prettiest of tournaments, with Spain scoring only eight goals in seven games, but it was all they needed to prove that they deserved to be favorites in the greatest sporting event in the world.
Pau Gasol repeats with Lakers
Pau Gasol has been an integral part to the resurgent Lakers. Gasol has been the most consistent help to Kobe Bryant.
Gasol's play in the lower post helped to open up players in the perimeter and open up the entire court for the Lakers.
Gasol was a go to player throughout the playoffs. He got the game winning shot against the Oklahoma Thunder and had 19 points and 18 rebounds in the Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics to seal the championship.
After an injury prone 2009 that kept him from defending his Wimbledon title, Rafael Nadal surged back in 2010.
Helped by early exits by Roger Federer in the French Open and Wimbledon, Nadal was able to repeat his back to back victories from 2008.
In an effort to finally win a hard court title, Nadal has taken a break in preparation for the US Open.
Earlier today, Jorge Lorenzo won his fifth straight pole in Moto GP qualifying.
Lorenzo is the fastest and most consistent racer. He has won five races and come in as runner-up in the rest.
Lorenzo currently has a 47 point advantage in the championship, but it has not resulted in him letting up in any of his races.