Thursday, 17 August, 2017

Contador honored with number one jersey at Vuelta

Alberto Contador retires Alberto Contador retires
Spencer Simpson | 10 August, 2017, 00:15

I say this happy; I say this without sadness.

The Vuelta will begin on August 19 in Nimes, France and make its way to Contador's home city, Madrid for a September 10 finale.

"Hi all! I'm doing this video to inform you about two things", Contador said in his native Spanish. "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".

He also boasts two Tour de France titles, in 2007 and 2009, leaving him in an elite group of riders to have won all three Grand Tours, the others being Jacques Anquetil, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Vincenzo Nibali.

"I am sure they will be three great weeks, enjoying all your support and I'm looking forward to it".

Spain's second most successful rider behind five-time Tour victor Miguel Indurain, Contador will bring the curtain down on his career at the Vuelta on home soil.

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. But what could come to define his time on the bike for some was the stripping of a his 2010 Tour de France title in 2012.

But the seven-time Grand Tour victor - who also had two further Grand Tour wins scratched from the record after testing positive for clenbuterol in 2010 - is now keen to bow out in his home country.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was rejected with Contador insisting his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Contador last won the Vuelta a EspaƱa in 2014, with his most recent Giro d'Italia victory coming in 2015.

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