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by Shane Stokes
August 9, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Küng wins stage two time trial at the BinckBank Tour; Report: top squads look set to miss world team time trial championships; Kwiatkowski signs on for three more years with Team Sky; Under pressure from USADA, Colorado Classic abandons partnership with Armstrong; Vuelta pays tribute to career of Contador; Report: Trek-Segafredo aiming to replace Contador with Aru; UAE Team Emirates extends with Marcato, Conti and five others; Lingering effects of concussion force Dunbar to end season early; OVO Energy Tour of Britain confirms teams for 2017 edition; CAS confirms UCI’s four year suspension of Oyarzun; Research shows huge health benefits of commuting by bike; Eskapee’s rules for mountain bike riding; Video: Tony Martin falls during BinckBank Tour TT; Video: Tony Martin speaks after his crash; Video: Viviani skilfully avoids time trial fall in BinckBank Tour; Video: Peter Sagan celebrates Monday’s sprint win
The organisers of the Vuelta a España have hailed the decision of Alberto Contador to choose the race as his last-ever competitive event, deciding to give him dossard number one for the event in response.
Although he won the race three times in the past, namely in 2008, 2012 and 2014, he never lined out as defending champion the following years. He consequently has not worn race number one, which is normally given to the rider who won the race the previous year. With 2016 victor Nairo Quintana set to miss the event, the organisers have chosen Contador as the one who will top the start list.
“That Alberto chooses Spain and La Vuelta to call it a career is a great honour for the whole organization,” said the Vuelta general director Javier Guillén. “We are wholeheartedly grateful to the generosity he always demonstrated as a rider and that he shows once again with this decision. Alberto is – and will forever be – part of the history of cycling in our country and elsewhere.”
Contador announced on Monday that he had decided to bring his career to an end. He made the announcement via an Instagram video, saying that he had two things to tell his fans. “The first one is that I will ride the next Vuelta a España 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.”