Alberto Contador needs little introduction. He’s one of the most successful riders of the modern era. Alberto won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, two editions of the Giro d’Italia, and three of the Vuelta a España. He signed with Trek-Segafredo for 2017 with the goal of adding another Tour de France title to his name.
Alberto debuted as a professional in 2003. A year later, while racing for Liberty Seguros, he experienced a brain aneurysm and underwent a delicate operation. It nearly cost him his life, halted his season, and threatened to end his career. After six months off the bike, he began training again in November, but always with someone at his side. A few months later, he was lining up at the Tour Down Under and won the queen stage. He dedicated the victory to his family and to this day it remains the most memorable moment of his career, more than winning the Tour de France. In a matter of months, he rose from not knowing if he would ever have a normal life again to winning a stage in his comeback race, an enormous and emotional feat.
After his health crisis, Alberto started Fundación Alberto Contador to strive for better knowledge of brain strokes, the second cause of death in Spain after cancer, and to promote the health of cycling. The foundation is an important part of Alberto's life; a means to give something back to the sport that his granted him so much.
Alberto was tagged with the nickname El Pistolero in 2007, a label which he neither likes or dislikes and shrugs off as a case of mistaken identity – his victory gesture at the end of races was a response to those at home who said he didn't do anything to 'greet the people.' So Alberto touched his chest to dedicate the win to his family, then later changed the gesture to include his fans and all the people who follow him. For Alberto, the meaning is not that of a gunfighter but knows the nickname is here to stay.
A meticulous professional, Alberto quietly protrudes confidence and a positive mentality; he is not afraid to risk failure to win. He has won admiration for his attacking style and never-give-up attitude. At age 34, Alberto may be in the twilight of his career, but there is still a lot of fight left - 2017 will be an exciting year!