Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: It has been a magical day
Sep 10 2017 09:04 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: It has been a magical day
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: It has been a magical day
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

After three weeks of brave racing by Alberto Contador, the career of the legendary Spanish cyclist has come to an end.

The Trek-Segafredo rider was the center of attention during the last stage of the Vuelta a España, receiving a special welcome in Madrid as the peloton arrived to the Spanish capital.

"It has been an incredible day, a beautiful Vuelta. When I started riding my bike I had three dreams: The first was to become a professional, the second was to ride the Tour de France and the third was to win it. Now I've realised that a fourth dream was to say goodbye in this way," the rider said after receiving the race's Combativity Award.

"These have been three incredible weeks and a special year with my team Trek-Segafredo, in which the sponsors have supported me in an amazing way, they have respected my way of riding, bold and at times a bit risky. So I really want to thank my sponsors and all my teammates.

"From now on I will see cycling from the outside, but I hope people remember with love some of the stages that we have experienced."

Contador was given the opportunity to ride the first lap on the local circuit in Madrid ahead of the peloton, allowing him to greet the public and receive their affection.

"The reception that I got here in Madrid has been spectacular. It has been a magical day for me, a day that I will always remember. To enter Madrid on my own is a dream come true.

"I'm really very happy, it has been impressive. We rode through many of the roads that I know and I could see all the public showing me their love. It has been a grandiose day."


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