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CyclingTips is excited to announce that Alberto Contador, multiple-time winner of all three Grand Tours, will be the ambassador for the 2018 Giro della Donna.
Known for his climbing prowess and his love of aggressive, instinctive racing, Contador retired from the sport at the end of the 2017 Vuelta a España. He ended his career with 68 victories to his name, including multiple victories at the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta a España, plus a host of wins at week-long stage races. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most exciting riders of his generation.
Contador is no stranger to Australia, having raced at the Tour Down Under in 2005. In what was his first race after an eight-month lay-off following a stroke, Contador took an emotional stage 5 victory — a victory he’d later describe as “the most special of my career.”
“I’m thrilled to be coming back to Australia to ride the Giro della Donna with the team from CyclingTips,” said Contador. “From all I’ve seen and heard it’s a fantastic event unlike anything of its kind.”
Now in its fourth year, the Giro della Donna has grown into a weekend-long festival of road and gravel cycling based in the beautiful Yarra Valley town of Warburton, approximately 90 minutes east of Melbourne. It features a 65km gravel ride on the Saturday and a 125km road ride on the Sunday.
“Four years ago the Giro della Donna was just some crazy idea that four of us in a cramped office had where we wanted to show off one of the most spectacular areas of Australia,” said CyclingTips founder Wade Wallace. “To see how it’s grown and to now have Alberto Contador, a multiple Grand Tour winner, come and join us is beyond my wildest hopes and dreams for the event.”
Contador will be right at home in the mountainous terrain of the Giro della Donna, particularly Sunday’s ride which includes the 20km Reefton Spur ascent, a 16km gravel sector, and a true summit finish atop Mt. Donna Buang, all for a total of more than 2,500m of climbing.
In addition to riding Saturday’s Gravel Giro and Sunday’s Giro della Donna, Contador will appear at a VIP pasta dinner in Warburton on Saturday night. There, in conversation with Olympic gold medallist Scott McGrory, Contador will share stories from his illustrious 15-year career as a professional racer.