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Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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Of course that needs to be taken into account too. But at a purely sporting perspective, it was sad to see him bow out so early.

Five years before Valverde who is two years older than him (I'm not saying he should have continued seven more years, though).
As a fan I would have loved to see him continue and it is always sad when a rider of his caliber retires. So many memories of watching him race. At least it is not a "what if?" situation. He won it all and he had 15 seasons as a pro. Still being one of the best riders in the peloton when he retired. I like the bittersweet ending from a fans perspective. Sad to see him go but he ended on a good note.

Valverde is just Valverde. He is great and incredible what he can do still, but he would probably have retired earlier if it wasnt for his loyalty to the team. There is also factors like his serious injury in 2017. He wanted/needed to recover, came back and managed to win the WC, so of course he had to race another year with the jersey in 2019.

Then if I am just speculating he might have wanted to retire after 2020, if the pandemic didnt happen. This year he might have thought about it too but Movistar in Movistar-fashion Movistared come the end of the season. They still need him more as a rider than anything else, if he still could press on for another year at a high level. Making good results and scoring points for the team.
 
Don't have that many what ifs about Contador. His final Vuelta was a perfect goodbye. Don't think he had any GT wins in him anymore, although part of me wishes he'd been at the 2018 Giro.

If he'd continued and then gotten a sad 9th in the 2018 Giro and then basically had Nibali 2020 like results we'd all be shouting he retired too late.
In the 2017 Vuelta he was almost as good as Froome but he pissed it all away in the first couple of stages. But after that he was so strong that I really thought it was a pity to see him go. And not only because he was a fabulous entertainer, but I certainly thought he could keep contending for Grand Tours.
 
Don't have that many what ifs about Contador. His final Vuelta was a perfect goodbye. Don't think he had any GT wins in him anymore, although part of me wishes he'd been at the 2018 Giro.

If he'd continued and then gotten a sad 9th in the 2018 Giro and then basically had Nibali 2020 like results we'd all be shouting he retired too late.
Right, right... Watching the archrival rounding up the GT treble would surpass the hometown farewell.
You guys are cruel.
 
I wouldn’t be surprised if the 6 second places he got in the stage races had a factor too. He could still contend in the week races and maybe win while getting a top 10 or better in a GT with stages or go for KoM for the next couple years but that wasn’t his style.
There's also personal circumstances. IIRC his kid was born in late 2017 or early 2018 so he would've known about that around the time he decided to retire. Then he divorced some time in 2019 I think.
 
He obviously could have continued winning and even podium GT:s if would have gone for a more conservative racing tactics. Hell maybe even 3 more years. Win some week long stage races and win GT stages and Podium and maybe KOM jerseys.

But he was used to win in a certain way, the way we all loved to see. So I understand him. Whoever I still remember watching the last Vuelta and being quite sad.

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