2-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador to retire

Hope Soto
August 10, 2017

Contador's career has included two Tour de France wins, two Giro d'Italia wins, and three Vuelta a España wins, making hime one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours and one of the most decorated riders of all time.

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

"It's a decision that I have thought [about] very well and I don't think there is a better farewell than in the home race and in my country", he said.

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.

And the 34-year-old, who is a three-time victor of the Vuelta, says the time is right to bow out of the sport.

The Vuelta begins in Nimes, France on August 19 before finishing on September 10 in Madrid - just a few miles from Contador's birthplace in Pinto.

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"I'm sure they will be three wonderful weeks enjoying all your affection, and I'm eager that they come".

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

Cycling - The 104th Tour de France cycling race - The 183-km Stage 17 from La Mure to Serre-Chevalier, France - July 19, 2017 - Movistar rider Nairo Quintana of Columbia and Trek-Segafredo rider Alberto Contador of Spain in action.

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

However, his career has also been tainted with controversy after he was stripped of the 2010 Tour de France after testing positive for clenbuterol and forced to serve a two-year doping ban.

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