Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I had to say goodbye this way
Sep 09 2017 06:25 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I had to say goodbye this way
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I had to say goodbye this way
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alberto Contador has taken an epic victory at the top of the Angliru climb in the 20th stage of the Vuelta a España.

The rider of Trek-Segafredo attacked with his teammate Jarlinson Pantano relatively early on the final climb, and soon managed to gain more than a minute on the other general classification men.

Race leader Chris Froome reduced the gap in the last few kilometers but Contador held on to win his last ever mountain stage and his penultimate grand tour stage, with Sunday's ride into Madrid left to go.

"There couldn't be a better place to win than this one," Contador said. "To win on the Angliru and to put a final to my professional career here, a career in which I have always given myself, it's simply amazing.

"I knew from this morning that today was going to be my day. I had to say goodbye this way and I don't think there is a better place to do so than here."

The Spaniard was well aware of all the potential dangers facing him ahead of the final climb.

"I knew that the descent of the Cordal is one that has history. I know there have been many crashes there. I knew it was going to be a complicated day and I knew the moment I attacked I had to be very careful and aware. I had my teammate Pantano pulling me in the front and I continued with him and I'm really happy."

In addition to the stage win, Contador also moved into fourth place in the overall standings.




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