Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador
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Contador at the 2017 Tour de France
Personal information
Full nameAlberto Contador Velasco
NicknameEl Pistolero
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 35)
Pinto, Madrid, Spain
Height1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)[1]
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeAll-rounder
Professional team(s)
2003–2006ONCE–Eroski
2007Discovery Channel
2008–2010Astana
2011–2016Saxo Bank–SunGard
2017Trek–Segafredo
Major wins
Grand Tours
Tour de France
General classification (2007, 2009)
Young rider classification (2007)
3 individual stages (2007, 2009)
Giro d'Italia
General classification (2008, 2015)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2008, 2012, 2014)
Combination classification (2008, 2014)
6 individual stages (2008, 2012, 2014, 2017)

Stage races

Paris–Nice (2007, 2010)
Tirreno–Adriatico (2014)
Tour of the Basque Country (2008, 2009, 2014, 2016)
Vuelta a Burgos (2016)
Volta ao Algarve (2009, 2010)
Route du Sud (2015)

Single-day races and Classics

National Time Trial Championships (2009)
Milano–Torino (2012)

Other

Velo d'Or (2007, 2008, 2009, 2014)

Alberto Contador Velasco (Spanish pronunciation: [alˈβeɾto kontaˈðoɾ βeˈlasko]; born 6 December 1982) is a Spanish former professional cyclist. He is one of the most successful riders of his era, winning the Tour de France twice (2007, 2009), the Giro d'Italia twice (2008, 2015), and the Vuelta a España three times (2008, 2012, 2014). He is one of only seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours of cycling. He has also won the Velo d'Or a record 4 times.

He was regarded as the natural successor of Lance Armstrong and won the 2007 Tour de France with the Discovery Channel team. During his time at the Astana team, he won the 2008 Giro d'Italia, the 2008 Vuelta a España and the 2009 Tour de France. Between 2007 and 2011 he won six consecutive Grand Tours that he entered. This included winning the 2010 Tour de France with Astana, although it later emerged that he had tested positive for clenbuterol during the race. After a long battle in court, he was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport and stripped of his 2010 Tour and 2011 Giro wins.[2][3]

Contador was known as an attacking rider who excelled as a climber, and on his best days was also an excellent time-trialist. He was also known for being able to turn races around to his favour, most notably during the Fuente Dé stage at the 2012 Vuelta a España. Following his return from suspension, he won the Vuelta twice and the Giro once more. On the penultimate day of his career, he won a stage victory at the mountaintop finish of the Alto de l'Angliru.

Personal life and early career

Contador was born on 6 December 1982 in Pinto in the Community of Madrid, the third of four children. He has an older brother and sister and a younger brother, who has cerebral palsy. Having previously taken part in other sports, such as football and athletics, Contador discovered cycling at the age of 14 thanks to his elder brother Francisco Javier.[4]

When Contador was 15, he began to compete in races at the amateur level in Spain, joining the Real Velo Club Portillo from Madrid. Although he got no victories that year or the next, he demonstrated great qualities and was soon nicknamed Pantani (after Marco Pantani, regarded as one of the best climbers of all time) for his climbing skills.[5] In 2000, he experienced his first victories, winning several mountains classification prizes from prominent events on the Spanish amateur cycling calendar.[4]

He dropped out of school at the age of 16 without having finished his Bachillerato and signed with Iberdrola-Loinaz, a youth team run by Manolo Saiz, manager of the professional ONCE cycling team. In 2001, he won the under-23 Spanish time trial championship.[6]

Contador lives with his wife[7] Macarena in the city of Pinto when not competing. He has a fascination for birds, keeping personally bred canaries and goldfinches at home.[8][9]

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