Photo gallery: The entertaining and controversial career of Alberto Contador

by Matthew de Vroet

As the 2017 Vuelta a España came to a close last weekend, so too did the career of Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo). Regarded as one of the most aggressive and most entertaining riders of his generation, Contador ends his career with 68 professional victories to his name, including seven Grand Tours.

The record books will show he won the Vuelta a España three times, and both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia twice. An additional victory in both the Tour (2010) and Giro (2011) were scrubbed from his palmares, along with other results, after the Spaniard returned a positive test for clenbuterol in 2010.

He served a ban for that infraction, and was also linked to the Operacion Puerto doping scandal earlier in his career. It’s for these reasons that Contador’s legacy will always have an asterisk beside it, an asterisk many find hard to ignore.

Regardless, there can be little doubting Alberto Contador’s ability to animate a bike race, to entertain, and to race on instinct in an era where the power meter is king.

Many of the greatest moments from Contador’s career are featured in the photo gallery below. Other defining moments include:

– His first victory as a professional, in his first season as a professional — the stage 8 individual time trial at the 2003 Tour of Poland.
His stage 5 win at the 2005 Tour Down Under, eight months after surgery to correct a cerebral cavernoma. Contador regards this as the greatest victory of his career.
His controversial attack on stage 15 of the 2010 Tour de France when Andy Schleck’s chain was off.

We hope you enjoy the images below.

Alberto Contador’s team history

2003-2006: ONCE-Eroski / Liberty Seguros / Liberty Seguros-Würth / Astana-Würth
2007: Discovery Channel
2008-2010: Astana
2011-2016: Saxo Bank-Sungard/ Saxo Bank-Tinkoff / Saxo-Tinkoff / Tinkoff-Saxo / Tinkoff
2017: Trek-Segafredo

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