Alberto Contador announces retirement

Upcoming Vuelta a España will be his final race

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Alberto Contador Announces Retirement

The Spaniard is one of just six riders to win all three grand tours.

Multiple Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador has announced that the 2017 Vuelta a España will be his last race as a professional cyclist.

In a video recording posted on social media, the leader of Trek-Segafredo team explained that he has meditated very hard on the decision and believes that Spanish grand tour is the best possible scenario to say goodbye to cycling.

Here’s a full translation of the video:

I’m making this video to inform you about two things, one is that I will participate in the next Vuelta a España, from August 19, and the second is that it will be my last race as a professional cyclist. I say this in a happy way, without sadness. I have thought about this decision very well and I don’t think there is a better farewell than in my home race in my own country. I’m sure these will be three wonderful weeks, enjoying all your affection, and I’m eager to take the start. Greetings and see you all on the road from August 19!

Contador is one of the most successful riders of his era, winning the Tour de France in 2007, 2009 and initially 2010, though that title was later stripped because of a doping offence. The Spaniard is also one of only six riders to have won all three of cycling’s grand tours.

But the 34-year-old’s once immense skills have diminished in recent years. He finished 9th at this year’s Tour de France and his last grand tour podium was a win at the Giro d’Italia in 2015. Perhaps Contador’s greatest achievement was his 2009 Tour de France win, when he beat back the hostile attack of teammate Lance Armstrong, who unsuccessfully attempted to cede power away from Contador. It’s one of the few times that another rider faced down the now-infamous Texan who later admitted to doping throughout his career and received a lifetime ban.

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