Alberto Contador to retire after Vuelta a España

Contador is one of only six riders to win all three Grand Tours

And the 34-year-old, who is a three-time victor of the Vuelta, says the time is right to bow out of the sport.

The Vuelta a España, which begins in Nimes, France and will also have a stage in Andorra, wraps up on September 10 in Madrid.

He said: "I'm doing this video to inform you about two things".

This year's three-week race features a strong lineup including Tour de France champion Chris Froome and multiple Grand Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali.

"It's a decision that I have thought about very well and I don't think that there is a better farewell than in a home race in my own country". I'm sure it will be three weeks of my dreams, enjoying all your affection, and I can't wait to get started.

Contador's career has included two Tour de France wins, two Giro d'Italia wins, and three Vuelta a España wins, making hime one of only six cyclists to have won all three Grand Tours and one of the most decorated riders of all time.

Contador is a three-time victor of the Vuelta, sealing victories in 2008, 2012 and 2014, while he was also Giro champion in 2008 and 2015.

However, in 2010 his third Tour victory was anulled after he tested positive for clenbuterol during the race, which he blamed on a tainted steak.

He was implicated in the Operacion Puerto doping case that same year, and removed from the Tour de France roster, before being cleared of wrongdoing by the UCI.

He also won the Giro d'Italia in 2008 and 2015, as well as triumphing at the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009. Contador finished ninth in this year's Tour de France, with Great Britain's Chris Froome winning the title for a fourth time.

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