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09 Aug 2017 14:03

dusty red roads wrote:Sad but inevitable to see the news on Contador's retirement. Will miss his big heart and fighting spirit and way of turning races upside down. What a career! I hope the up-and-coming attacking riders will continue to fight against the robot style of racing.

As per the conversation in some of the posts above - I saw this in today's Cycling Tips daily news digest - assuming the report is correct - which appears to cast further light on Trek being willing to let him race/retire on his terms in 2018, i.e. after the Giro if he wanted, and that it was Alberto's decision.

https://cyclingtips.com/news/report-trek-segafredo-aiming-replace-contador-aru/ (may have to scroll down a little to find the article)

Here's the relevant bit (the article also says they're now interested in Aru).

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"In the wake of Monday’s news that Alberto Contador will retire from professional cycling after this year’s Vuelta a España, Het Nieuwsblad is reporting that Italian champion Fabio Aru is now a major target for Trek-Segafredo.

"The Belgian newspaper states that the team had been keen to keep Contador and, if required, was willing to offer him a five-month contract for next season. This would have enabled him to race up to the Giro d’Italia and then stop. If accepted, this would have been similar to the agreement Tom Boonen had with QuickStep Floors this season, where he raced until the Classics and then retired.

"However Contador instead opted to end his career after the Vuelta a España. Lacking a clear team leader, the squad is now searching for another figurehead and feels that Aru may fit the bill. The fact that Segafredo, the team’s co-sponsor, is Italian is a factor, and so too Aru’s potential to win Grand Tours in the future."


Kinda blows the whole Contador delusional for $$$ argument out of the water.
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09 Aug 2017 14:09

Whatever... let's enjoy him while he will still be leading a GT Team at a GT. The squad looks solid for a Vuelta one. Im interested to see how Gueirrero performs in the mountains working for Bertie, and we know Jesus will be motivated as it will be his swan song as well. Hopefully Pantano shows more of his early season form, while Degenkolb was one of Contador's MVPs at the Tour.
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 Aug 2017 14:14

But I thought everyone at Tinkoff hated him...

https://mobile.twitter.com/mickrogers/status/895257436168359938
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 Aug 2017 14:53

perico wrote:But I thought everyone at Tinkoff hated him...

https://mobile.twitter.com/mickrogers/status/895257436168359938

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09 Aug 2017 15:11

where did all the fuss about kreuziger disliking contador come from?

all the greats quitting is always very sad as it makes us realize what an inexpiable thing the time is. it often feels like just yesterday admired bertie's illustrious attacks on galibier and whilst in several weeks we'll be following him in his last grand tour campaign. thanks for all you did for this beautiful sport, gran campeón, and have a happy civil post-career life.
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 Aug 2017 15:46

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Carols wrote:I am touring in Scotland and just heard the news... it is good I am busy! congrats to grande Campeon, one of the very best I have witnessed in the last 50+ years! Long may his Legend live on to inspire new cyclists. He will be sorely missed :(

Hi Carols, I tried to PM you but not sure it worked. Jist of it was, hope you are enjoying Scotland and if you are passing near to North Queensferry, I would be delighted to meet up and buy you a coffee/lunch and talk all things Alberto:) North Queensferry is just under the rail/road bridges about 8 miles from Edinburgh airport:)


Ferryman, what a nice person you are.
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09 Aug 2017 15:52

Some say "Good riddance" - but it very triste to think that the Vuelta will be the last time we see Alberto race a bike: Certainly -a true gran campeón
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09 Aug 2017 16:26

Ariane wrote:Some say "Good riddance" - but it very triste to think that the Vuelta will be the last time we see Alberto race a bike: Certainly -a true gran campeón

I will miss him: might sound weird/creepy but he has been a big part of my life in recent years. Not just in races but also looking for news, photos, social media posts, interviews, everything will change :(
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

09 Aug 2017 17:54

perico wrote:But I thought everyone at Tinkoff hated him...

https://mobile.twitter.com/mickrogers/status/895257436168359938


this is by far the most emotional moment for me. It brought tears to my eyes.

2104 i think it's his best chance to capture the win. But it wasn't meant to be. And this year, after another crash, he finally realized that it was time to hang the wheel. The number might be there, but the luck has never been on his side anymore. This year has been a trying year maybe for his stature. I'm sure he would have wanted to win his races on his early season. But he has to settle with second place. And the icing on the cake is the TDF. Crash after crash. I'm sad to see he is leaving the sport, but I'm happy that he can walk away with a spectacular career. He'll be missed. Good Luck Contador.
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09 Aug 2017 18:25

Maybe just maybe Contador is retiring from racing but maybe not from the sport

He is so popular he could walk into any media job or ambassador role or PR role
He could work for ASO or RSC
Or he could just develop Spanish cycling at national level
Or he could work with any brand on developing technology

How's about a DS at SKY....joke
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09 Aug 2017 20:08

Bennati: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXiL9UFAUKW/ benna80Mucha mucha suerte para la tu última Vuelta a España ha sido un honor correr con tigo y compartir cuatro años inolvidables!

buena suerte por todos fuoriclasse #bennaBenna80 Much luck for your last Tour of Spain has been an honor to run with you and share four unforgettable years!
Good luck for all fuoriclasse #benna
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09 Aug 2017 20:48

HelloDolly wrote:Maybe just maybe Contador is retiring from racing but maybe not from the sport

He is so popular he could walk into any media job or ambassador role or PR role
He could work for ASO or RSC
Or he could just develop Spanish cycling at national level
Or he could work with any brand on developing technology

How's about a DS at SKY....joke

I mean I don't think it's likely he'll become a DS but it would be great. A rider with a win or die trying mentality who tells other riders what to do would be great :D
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10 Aug 2017 05:19

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gunara wrote:
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Valv.Piti wrote:And sneaky Valverde posting a picture of a struggling Contador in 2013 with him on the wheel (I think Ax-3-Domaines?) on Twitter, whereas Purito is posting a picture of 2012 Alberto on Fuente Dé. Yes, the stage where he himself was robbed of his first and only GT :D


That was a beautiful and touching gesture by Purito.

Thats Purito, such a warm person with a great personality.. the end of an era, only Valverde can stop that in 2018.


Purito, sweet Purito. Ah, I imagine I will enjoy cycling very differently when all three of them gone. My cycling knowledge from before their era was very thin, and I think I'll be soon too old to examine the details of younger generation, so these three are always my superstars.

As for Alberto's 'decision', I just noticed it a few minutes ago, can't say I was too surprised, but still, it's one of the biggest names of our time announcing retirement, and also the athlete that have my emotional attention the most in this planet, I have to swallow it first before really feel anything


Boonen, Cancellara, Freire, Hushovd... We had the privilege to see these heroes in action.


Since you have the audacity to put Hushovd alongside those other names, I'll throw my man Paolini in, too :)

Back to Alberto and the Vuelta, hope the extra motivation of being in his last race do wonder, a serious wonder. Imagine if he wins this...
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10 Aug 2017 06:15

If that's true about refusing the 5 month contract then it's just incredibly sad.
Kwibus wrote:So much quesions they have. Answers they will never get.
So why questions? If no answers?
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

10 Aug 2017 06:31

perico wrote:But I thought everyone at Tinkoff hated him...

https://mobile.twitter.com/mickrogers/status/895257436168359938


Mick was a good team mate. It seemed to be mutual.
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10 Aug 2017 06:39

Red Rick wrote:If that's true about refusing the 5 month contract then it's just incredibly sad.

Why? I guess he just changed his mind. Thought about it long and hard and figured it was time to say goodbye.
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10 Aug 2017 06:40

I don't see Alberto as a DS or cycling commentator. I agree he could get a PR job for some company/organization. Will be interesting to see what's next for him.
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10 Aug 2017 06:56

LaFlorecita wrote:
Red Rick wrote:If that's true about refusing the 5 month contract then it's just incredibly sad.

Why? I guess he just changed his mind. Thought about it long and hard and figured it was time to say goodbye.

Because he planned to do it for longer, and now because of another disappointment he apparently he doesn't think it's worth doing anymore.
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10 Aug 2017 07:06

LaFlorecita wrote:
Ariane wrote:Some say "Good riddance" - but it very triste to think that the Vuelta will be the last time we see Alberto race a bike: Certainly -a true gran campeón

I will miss him: might sound weird/creepy but he has been a big part of my life in recent years. Not just in races but also looking for news, photos, social media posts, interviews, everything will change :(

All good things must come to an end.

But even when this door closes, others will open.
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Re: Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

10 Aug 2017 07:11

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perico wrote:But I thought everyone at Tinkoff hated him...

https://mobile.twitter.com/mickrogers/status/895257436168359938


Mick was a good team mate. It seemed to be mutual.

Contador was a very popular team mate. Even Armstrong's $$$ struggled to turn people against him.
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