Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España

Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador on Monday announced that he is going to retire at the end of the current season. "There is no better way to retire than to carry out the last race at home in front of their fans", wrote Contador on his page on "Instagram". Besides his Tour titles, he won the 2008 and 2015 Giros and the Vuelta in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

Two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador will retire next month after riding in the Spanish Vuelta.

This year's three-week race features a strong lineup including Tour de France champion Chris Froome and multiple Grand Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali.

Nicknamed El Pistolero for his attacking style and ability to mount devastating attacks in the mountains, Contador won his first Tour de France in 2007 with the Discovery Channel team before moving to Astana and winning it again in 2009.

"I say this happy, without sadness", he said.

The No 1 bib is usually reserved for the defending champion, but organisers have broken with tradition and handed it to the Trek-Segafredo rider.

"I'm sure they will be three wonderful weeks enjoying all your affection, and I'm eager that they come". That year, he won Paris-Nice, Vuelta a Castilla y León and more importantly, the Tour de France.

The Vuelta a España, which begins in Nimes, France and will also have a stage in Andorra, wraps up on September 10 in Madrid. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Contador's claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day. Another victory in the Tour de France and Giro from the Spaniard seized as the result of a doping scandal.

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