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by Matt de Neef
September 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chris Froome wins the Vuelta, Trentin claims final stage; Sagan, Ulissi victorious at Canadian Grand Prix; Lars Boom wins the Tour of Britain; Jolien d’Hoore wins the Madrid Challenge; Lucy Kennedy wins the Tour de l’Ardeche; Swiss dominate XCO at Mountain Bike Worlds in Cairns; Cannondale-Drapac announces EF Education First as 2018 title sponsor; Michael Woods signs for another two years with Slipstream Sports; Former Olympic medallist Leontien van Moorsel accused of EPO use; Storybook ending – Contador goes out on top, wins final summit finish of his career; Neilson Powless signs with LottoNL-Jumbo; US men’s Road Worlds line-up announced; Bike thief foiled at Gold Coast cycling event; The best of the Vuelta.
In the end, it was almost as if it was scripted. In his final Grand Tour, on the final summit finish, at the end of a season that had seen eight second-place finishes but no victories, Spaniard Alberto Contador crossed the finish line victorious, and alone, atop the notorious Alto de l’Angliru at the Vuelta a España.
It was the final opportunity for the most popular rider in Spain to put his arms in the air at the most important race in front of his compatriots and most passionate, dedicated fans.
“There couldn’t be a better finale than this, winning in the Angliru to put an end to my career as a professional rider,” Contador said. “This morning, I had it clear that it would be my day and that I had to say farewell in this fashion.
“I cannot think of a better way to say goodbye, to win on the Angliru on the last climb of my career,” he said. “I gave everything.”
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