Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España
Aug 07 2017 11:34 am CET

Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España
Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España
Photo of Alberto Contador by the A.S.O.

Trek-Segafredo's Alberto Contador has announced that the upcoming Vuelta a España will be his last race as a professional rider.

The rider confirmed the news of his retirement and his participation in the Spanish Grand Tour on social media, putting an end to 15 seasons as a professional.

"I will start in the next Vuelta a España," said the Spaniard in a video. "And that will be my last race as a professional rider. I say it with happiness, not with sadness.

"I have thought about this decision very well and I don't think there will be a better goodbye than in the race of my home and in my country. I am sure they will be three wonderful weeks, enjoying all your love and appreciation. I am looking forward to the race."

Contador's palmares includes overall victories in two editions of the Tour de France, two in the Giro d'Italia and three in the Vuelta a España. He has also won other races like Paris-Nice, the Tirreno-Adriatico and the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

Until the Spaniard starts in La Vuelta in Nimes, France, on August 19, he will "be in concentration and training to be prepared to face in full form his last challenge," added a press release.


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