Contador to retire after 2017 Vuelta

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The 34-year-old Spaniard, one of only six riders to have won the Tour de France, Vuelta and Giro d'Italia, confirmed the news in a video message on Instagram. "I don't think there is a better farewell than in my home race, in my country".

Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009.

"I'm sure they will be three wonderful weeks enjoying all your affection, and I'm eager that they come". After his 2007 Tour de France win, the Spanish cyclist was unable to defend his title in 2008 because his team at the time (Astana) was banned from the Tour due to previous doping offenses.

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will retire from professional cycling next month, the rider announced on Monday.

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 Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Contador's claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day.




A lengthy legal case ended in 2012 with the Spaniard ultimately being given a retrospective two-year ban.

While the Spanish cyclist initially meant to retire in 2016, he joined Trek-Segafredo for one past year in the saddle, finishing ninth in the 2017 Tour de France.

After returning to competition in late 2012 he won the Vuelta twice more and the Giro once, though another Tour victory would elude him.

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck was awarded the Tour de France victory, while Michele Scarponi of Italy took the Giro d'Italia title.

It begins in the French city of Nimes on August 19.

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