Top Spanish cyclist Contador to retire after Tour of Spain

  • Top Spanish cyclist Contador to retire after Tour of Spain

Top Spanish cyclist Contador to retire after Tour of Spain

This year's three-week race features a strong lineup including Tour de France champion Chris Froome and multiple Grand Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali.

Alberto Contador will be given the number one race bib for the 2017 Vuelta a Espana after the Spaniard revealed he would retire from the sport at the conclusion of the race.

Contador is one of the most decorated cyclists of all-time with seven Grand Tour victories in total to his name and is one of only six riders to win all three of the Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana. "There is no better way to retire than to carry out the last race at home in front of their fans", wrote Contador on his page on "Instagram".

Contador shot to fame with victory in the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team before joining Astana in 2008.

Contador never managed to win another Tour de France after his ban, but he did win two more Vueltas in 2012 and 2014 and another Giro in 2015.

Contador claimed his failed test had come about from eating contaminated meat. He was eventually given a back-dated suspension in February 2012 for two years after a controversial and protracted legal case, and had all of his results stripped from July 2010 to February 2012 - which also included victory in the 2011 Giro.

"It has been an honour to work with such a great champion".

The 34-year-old, who recently finished ninth in this year's Tour de France while riding for the Trek-Segafredo team, confirmed he will ride in this year's Vuelta de Espana (Tour of Spain) which starts on August 19 and that will be his final race.

The Vuelta begins in Nimes, France on August 19 before finishing on September 10 in Madrid - just a few miles from Contador's birthplace in Pinto.