Cyclist Alberto Contador of Spain announced to retire from Cycling after 2016 season

Before retirement, he wants to win the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in the same year, the fete which was last achieved by Marco Pantani in 1998.

Feb 17, 2015 16:16 IST
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Alberto Contador, the two-time Tour de France winner, on 16 February 2015 announced that he will retire from professional cycling after the 2016 season.

He announced his plan to retire at the presentation of the junior and under 23 Fundación Alberto Contador (Alberto Contador Foundation) at the Hotel Princess Eboli in his hometown of Pinto, Spain.

The 32-year-old Contador of Spain has won six Grand Tours in all during his career. He won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, the Giro d’Italia in 2008 and the Vuelta a Espana in 2008, 2012 and 2014.  

Before retirement, Contador wants to win the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia in the same year. So far only seven cyclists have achieved the feat of winning both the tour in the same year.

The seven cyclists include Fausto Coppi, Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Stephen Roche and Miguel Indurain. The last to win was Marco Pantani who won the two grand tours in 1998.


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