Contador aims to bow out in style

19 August 2017 19:29:05 GMTPlus11

Alberto Contador is keen to end his career in style at the Vuelta a Espana which is scheduled to finish on 10th September.

The Trek-Segafredo cyclist recently announced that he would quit the sport after the Vuelta and has revealed that he made the decision during last month's Tour de France.

Contador has reiterated that there will be no U-turn on his retirement decision and insists he had "thought about it a lot", as he had initially decided to take part in the 2018 Giro d'Italia before calling it a day.

"But I was not very, very sure, and it was there, in the Tour de France, that I really decided definitively that I was quitting this year. Before the Tour, it was already almost 70 per cent certain," he admitted,

"I wanted to get to the Tour in top condition and I did. My weight was good, the data I was producing was good, it was comparable to 2014.

"I really decided (to retire) on stage nine of the Tour. There were some crashes, and that was maybe what forced me to see it clearly. I was also aware it was very important for team to know what my future plans were as soon as possible."

Contador is 18/1 to win the Vuelta a Espana outright while Chris Froome can be backed at 1/12 and Adam Yates at 4500/1.

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