Contador will close curtain on his career after Vuelta a Espana

  • Contador will close curtain on his career after Vuelta a Espana

Contador will close curtain on his career after Vuelta a Espana

On Monday, Alberto Contador, 2-time victor of the Tour de France, announced that he will be retiring in September.

Contador, who announced on Monday this year's Vuelta would be his last professional race, will be bidding for a fourth title after his triumphs in 2008, 2012 and 2014.

And the 34-year-old, who is a three-time victor of the Vuelta, says the time is right to bow out of the sport.

"It's a decision that I have thought [about] very well and I don't think there is a better farewell than in the home race and in my country", he said.

"I'm sure it will be a great three weeks, enjoying all your affection, and I'm eager that they come". "Greetings, and see you on the road from August 19".

Contador and seven times won the Grand tours (3 - Wuala, 2 - Giro d'italia, 2 Tour de France).

But the seven-time Grand Tour victor - who also had two further Grand Tour wins scratched from the record after testing positive for clenbuterol in 2010 - is now keen to bow out in his home country.

The Trek-Segafredo rider made his retirement announcement on social media yesterday, ending a career which has included overall titles at each of the Grand Tours.

Leading generalist of his generation, won three times on the stages of the Tour de France, five times he took cuts on the home tour, and in 2009 became the champion of Spain in race with separate start.

Contador first won the Tour in 2007, aged 24 and followed it up two years later with a second win. The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected Contador's claim that his positive test for clenbuterol was caused by eating contaminated meat on a 2010 Tour rest day.

A lengthy legal case ended in 2012 with the Spaniard ultimately being given a retrospective two-year ban.