Legendary Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador has reportedly revealed his plans of retirement recently. As per the reports, the Tour France champ would be hanging his boots by the final quarter of 2016.
The 32-year-old would be competing in Giro Italia & Tour France with his long-standing squad Tinkoff-Saxo. “I am planning to retire in my top form”, stated Contador stressing on retiring with grace.
“I would be certainly riding this year and have plans to contend next year as well. Albeit I can’t confirm it firmly now yet I feel that 2016 would be my final year. I do not see myself contending beyond 2016.”
“I do not intend to place some exact date regarding my retirement as several things might happen in between. What if I crash down in 2016 Tour France? No, I won’t prefer to retire that way but at this very moment I do not plan to contend for over 2 years.”
Alberto is one among the 6 riders who have triumphed at all 3 Grand Tours- Tour France, Giro & Vuelta Espana. The erstwhile Astana cyclist has had lots of highs throughout his remarkable career which has catapulted him to a iconic status among cyclists of all times. However, there is a black spot which was the result if his 2-year ban given a doping issue that even stripped him off his Tour France 2010 & Giro 2011 titles.
The Spaniard got back to racing in full vigor in the year 2012 & triumphed at Vuelta Espana that very year. He won his 3rd Vuelta in 2014.
“I feel really good”, stated Contador. “I recover quite well physically from great training & I am pretty enthusiastic & glad with the squad around me. I am planning to contend at Giro & Tour & I do not wish to stand 2nd at any of these.”