Bowing out as a champion

coup de grace: stormin' up the Angliru
photo: Sunada

"There couldn't be a better finale than this, winning in the Angliru to put an end to my career as a professional rider. This morning, I had it clear that it would be my day and that I had to say farewell in this fashion. I knew there was history in the downhill from Cordal with crashes in previous years. It was a hard day and in that moment we had to be careful with my team-mate Pantano. Sky were blocking me a bit from passing, but once I got through, we went down full on. He was like a kamikaze and I could barely stay with him. It was still a long way from the finish, but I enjoyed these last mountains of my sporting life. There was a lot of water on the road and I found it hard to stand on the pedals and had to climb in the saddle. But hearing the fans urging me on gave me goosebumps and motivated me.

Without a doubt, I wanted to win the stage. Ending with victory on the Angliru can't be bettered. I knew it would be complicated, but the team did a great job. I wanted to do it for myself and for all the fans who've always supported me. It was a great day. I'm delighted with how things went."

- Alberto Contador; two-time winner of the Angliru: 2008 & 2017.

Loading his pistol for one last shot.

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