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by Shane Stokes
August 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan takes photo-finish victory on stage one of the BinckBank Tour; Contador announces he will retire after Vuelta a España; Hansen to ride Vuelta a España after all, will begin 19th consecutive Grand Tour; Gilbert extends for two years with QuickStep, targets victory in San Remo and Roubaix; Trentin signs two-year deal with Orica-Scott; Haas heads to Katusha-Alpecin for 2018 and 2019 seasons; Cort Nielsen to move from Orica-Scott to Astana; Giro d’Italia 2018 to begin with three stages in Israel; Canadian track rider O’Brien out of intensive care; Walmart heirs’ fund becomes majority shareholder in Rapha; Shimano teases new footwear prior to Eurobike; Video: A day in the life of Warren Barguil
The long and successful career of Alberto Contador will come to an end in September. The Spanish rider has been in negotiations in recent weeks with his Trek-Segafredo team about a possible new contract but, on Monday, he announced that he was talking away from the sport.
Releasing the news via an Instagram video, Contador said that he will compete in the upcoming Vuelta a España, then hang up his wheels. “Hi all, I am doing this video to inform you about two things. The first one is that I will ride the next Vuelta a Espana from August 19, and the second is that it will be my last race as a professional cyclist,” he said. “I say this happily, without sadness.
“It’s a decision that I have thought about very well and I don’t think that there is a better farewell than in a home race in my country. I am sure they will be three wonderful weeks, enjoying all your affection and I’m looking forward to it.”
Contador is a seven-time Grand Tour winner and one of the most aggressive riders in the sport. He won the 2007 and 2009 Tours de France, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and 2015, and the Vuelta in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
He has also won multiple editions of Paris-Nice, the Volta al Pais Vasco, the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and the Volta ao Algarve, as well as the Roude du Sud and the Vuelta a Burgos. He also topped the podium in the 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro, but lost both titles due to a clenbuterol positive in the first of those events.
Contador lined out in this year’s Tour believing a new approach would be the key to success. However he failed to ride to his expectations, partly due to crashes. He took ninth overall in the race.
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