Alberto Contador: It's time to enjoy life 100 per cent

It's a cliché of cycling that when top riders retire, it's always low-key, or a let-down, few go out at the top. To name just a few other multiple Grand Tour winners, think of Eddy Merckx's last race in a kermesse in Belgium, Jacques Anquetil's career petering to a dead end in a criterium in Antwerp, or Miguel Indurain's still-controversial abandon from the 1996 Vuelta a España.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.