Cycling: Alberto Contador to hang up his bike after Vuelta a Espana

Alberto Contador celebrating his combativity prize at the end of the 17th stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2017.
Alberto Contador celebrating his combativity prize at the end of the 17th stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will hang up his racing bike after this year's Vuelta a Espana, bringing an end to the career of one of the world's greatest cyclists.

The Spaniard, who won all three Grand Tours in a professional career spanning 14 years, made his announcement with a message on Instagram on Monday.

"I am retiring from professional cycling. I say this happy and without sadness," the 34-year-old Contador said.

"It's a decision I have thought over very well and I don't think there is a better farewell than in the race in my country."

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Contador won the 2007 and 2009 Tour de France, but was stripped of the 2010 title after a doping ban.