- Title: Alberto Contador to retire from professional cycling
- Date: 7th August 2017
- Summary: DUESSELDORF, GERMANY (JULY 1, 2017) (REUTERS) ****WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ALBERTO CONTADOR TALKING BY TEAM CAR PORTO-VECCHIO, FRANCE (JUNE 27, 2013) (REUTERS) 'ALBERTO CONTADOR' WRITTEN ON BICYCLE VARIOUS OF CONTADOR IN BUS, WEARING HELMET, STEPPING OUT OF BUS CONTADOR ADJUSTING SUNGLASSES TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF RIDERS ON BICYCLES IN FRONT OF BUS RIDERS LEAVING ON BICYCLES VARIOUS OF CONTADOR LEAVING ON BICYCLE PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 29, 2007) (REUTERS) ALBERTO CONTADOR ON PODIUM AFTER WINNING TOUR DE FRANCE TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN (DECEMBER 5, 2008) (REUTERS) CONTADOR LEAVING HOTEL WEARING ASTANA SHIRT LANCE ARMSTRONG LEAVING HOTEL ARMSTRONG AND CONTADOR TRAINING WITH ASTANA TEAM MONTE CARLO, MONACO (JULY 3, 2009) (REUTERS) CONTADOR WITH ARMSTRONG BEFORE THE START OF THE TOUR DE FRANCE PINTO, SPAIN (JULY 29, 2009) (REUTERS) CLOSE UP CONTADOR BEING WELCOMED HOME AFTER WINNING THE TOUR DE FRANCE PARIS, FRANCE (JULY 25, 2010) (REUTERS) TOUR DE FRANCE WINNER CONTADOR WEARING YELLOW JERSEY AT END OF RACE PINTO, SPAIN (JULY 26, 2010) (REUTERS) CONTADOR WAVES FROM BALCONY IN HIS HOME TOWN AFTER WINNING THE TOUR DE FRANCE MALLORCA, SPAIN (JANUARY 28, 2011) (REUTERS) CONTADOR AND MANAGER OF TEAM SAXOBANK BJARNE RIIS ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER CONTADOR HAS BEEN HANDED A ONE-YEAR BAN BY SPANISH CYCLING FEDERATION FOR FAILING DOPING TEST VARIOUS OF CONTADOR AT NEWS CONFERENCE FARO, PORTUGAL (FEBRUARY 16, 2011) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CONTADOR AT RACE AFTER DOPING BAN REVERSED BY SPANISH CYCLING FEDERATION
- Embargoed: 21st August 2017 10:37
- Keywords: Alberto Contador cycling retire from professional cycling Spain Tour de France
- Location: VARIOUS
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- Country: Spain
- Topics: Cycling,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0016T5PVEN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will hang up his racing bike after this year's Vuelta, bringing to and end the career of one of the world's greatest cyclist
The Spaniard, who won all three Grand Tours in a professional career spanning 14 years, made his announcement with a message on social media site Instagram on Monday (August 7).
"I am retiring from professional cycling. I say this happy and without sadness," the 34-year-old Contador said.
"It's a decision I have thought over very well and I don't think there is a better farewell than in the race in my country."
Contador won the 2007 and 2009 Tour de France but was stripped of the 2010 title after a doping ban.
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