Multiple Grand Tour winner, Alberto Contador, has announced that the Vuelta a España beginning on August 19th, 2017 will be his last race as a professional cyclist.
The leader of Trek-Segafredo explains that he has meditated this decision and believes that the Tour of Spain is the best possible scenario to say goodbye to cycling and to all of his fans in the way they deserve.
Luca Guercilena, General Manager Trek-Segafredo: "It has been an honor to work with such a great champion. Alberto Contador has been showing his fighting spirit and his professionalism all year long. To give you one example, in this year's Tour de France he demonstrated his personal motto in a way we only could admire: 'Where there's a will, there's a way.' Even after the crashes that took him out of the fight for the first places in GC, he kept fighting and battling for a stage win and to move up some places in GC. That showed how strong he is, both mentally and physically. It was great to have him in the team, even it was only for one season, and we will keep giving it our all to help him to achieve a big result in his last Vuelta a España and it goes without saying we wish him the very best for his future afterwards!"
Until the start of the Vuelta a España on August 19 in Nîmes (France), Alberto Contador will keep a strong focus on training to face his last challenge in top form.
Alberto Contador (from his video announcement): "I'm making this video to inform you about two things, one is that I will participate in the next Vuelta a España, from August 19, and the second is that it will be my last race as a professional cyclist. I say this in a happy way, without sadness. I have thought about this decision very well and I don't think there is a better farewell than in my home race in my own country. I'm sure these will be three wonderful weeks, enjoying all your affection, and I'm eager to take the start. Greetings and see you all on the road from August 19!"