Alberto Contador is ready for the last racing day of his career
Oct 28 2017 11:47 pm CET

Alberto Contador is ready for the last racing day of his career
Alberto Contador is ready for the last racing day of his career
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

The Tour de France Criterium Shanghai is set to be the last day of racing for Alberto Contador before his retirement from professional cycling.

The rider seemed happy and relaxed in an event with the media ahead of the exhibition race. "For me, this is the last day with a professional license and it is something special," he commented.

Contador claimed that he feels very good and relaxed in this new chapter of his life. "I have many possibilities for next year, we are closing a lot of deals," he said. "I have many projects and diverse motivations.

"Everybody has to have a motivation at the time of waking up every day in the morning to get things done and to be honest, I have a lot of them."

The Spaniard will be in this exhibition race with riders like Chris Froome (Sky), Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Warren Berguil (Sunweb) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), among others.

"It is nice to have a way to say goodbye next to the biggest riders in the peloton, in another country and in places where you haven't had the chance of enjoying much during your cycling career because you were focused on other objectives. It is always enriching to be in a place like Japan or China," Contador affirmed.

The last day as a rider for Contador in a Grand Tour was in the Vuelta a España, a competition that has a special place in his heart. "It makes me very happy to remember it because you never know what your goodbye is going to be like and I finished it extremely happy," he explained.

"When I said that I was going to retire after riding the Vuelta a España, it could turn out fine or I could go home on the third day of competition because of a fall. In this case, fortunately, it turned out great and the result will always stay with me."



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