Twice Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will hang up his racing bike after this year’s Vuelta a Espana, bringing an end the career of one of the world’s greatest cyclists.
The Spaniard made his announcement on Instagram on Monday.
‘‘I will participate in the next Vuelta a Espana, from the 19th August, and this will be my last race as a professional cyclist. I say this happily and without sadness. It’s a decision I have thought over a lot and I don’t think there is a better farewell than the race in my own country”
Gracias a tod@s! Thanks to all! https://t.co/fUJjoz50Ad— Alberto Contador (@albertocontador) August 7, 2017
Contador is one of only six riders to have won all three Grand Tours in a 14-year professional career, but its been marred by a doping ban which he blamed on contaminated steak.
While Contador was stripped of a number of his medals, he divided opinion within the sport and remained one of the most popular riders among cycling fans.