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Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a Espana 2017

Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a Espana 2017

Contador and seven times won the Grand tours (3 - Wuala, 2 - Giro d'italia, 2 Tour de France).

Contador announced his plan to stop racing on a video posted Monday on Instagram.

This year's three-week race features a strong lineup including Tour de France champion Chris Froome and multiple Grand Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali. The Spanish rider said the Vuelta "will be my last race as a professional cyclist". It's a decision that was very thoughtful, and I don't believe there's a better farewell than in the home race and in my country.

The 34-year-old, who recently finished ninth in this year's Tour de France while riding for the Trek-Segafredo team, confirmed he will ride in this year's Vuelta de Espana (Tour of Spain) which starts on August 19 and that will be his final race.

"I'm sure they will be three wonderful weeks".

The 34-year-old has won his home Grand Tour on three occasions, winning the race for the first time in 2008, before successes in 2012 and 2014.

An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport was rejected with Contador insisting his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat. Another victory in the Tour de France and Giro from the Spaniard seized as the result of a doping scandal.

The No 1 bib is usually reserved for the defending champion, but organisers have broken with tradition and handed it to the Trek-Segafredo rider.

A lengthy legal case ended in 2012 with the Spaniard ultimately being given a retrospective two-year ban. That year, he won Paris-Nice, Vuelta a Castilla y León and more importantly, the Tour de France.

But Contador returned to racing and recorded a further two Vuelta wins (three in total) and a second win at the Giro d'Italia in 2015.

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