Alberto Contador announces his retirement from professional cycling

Ruben Hill
August 7, 2017

Contador, who turned professional in 2003, added: "I'm saying this happy, I'm not saying it with sadness".

Second only to five-time Tour victor Miguel Indurain in Spanish cycling lore, the 34-year-old Contador has been one of the sport's top riders for the last decade in a contentious career. "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. One is that I will be participating in the next Vuelta a Espana, from August 19, and the second is that will be my last race as a professional cyclist.

Another victory in the Tour de France and Giro from the Spaniard seized as the result of a doping scandal.

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

The three-week Vuelta starts August 19.

Contador, who blamed it on contaminated steak, initially had a one-year ban lifted by the Spanish cycling federation but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) eventually banned him, backdating it to January 2011 and erasing all his results from July 2010 to February 2012.

While riding for Tinkoff, Contador had previously said that he would retire at the end of the 2016 season, but made a decision to carry on into 2017 with Trek-Segafredo.

He returned later in 2012 to win the Vuelta.

He accumulated seven grand tour titles, winning the Spanish Vuelta three times and the Giro d'Italia twice.

"It goes without saying we wish him the very best for his future afterwards!"

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