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Contador announces he WON'T retire after stunning win at Tour of the Basque Country

"I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy what I'm doing and I'll put the idea of leaving cycling to one side"...

The Spanish two-time winner of the Tour de France Alberto Contador is said to be ‘rethinking his future’ and turning his back on retirement following a stunning win in the Tour of the Basque Country yesterday.

Contador, who is 33, had planned to retire at the end of this season, but "After going round in circles and discussing it with my family and my people I have come to the conclusion that I enjoy what I'm doing and I'll put the idea of leaving cycling to one side," he was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.

"I'll continue doing what I enjoy and that day (when I retire) will come without warning.

"It sounds crazy but since I announced I was going to quit I received an incredible amount of messages telling me not to retire," he added.

Yesterday’s win meant that the seven-time grand tour winner added this Tour of Basque Country victory to three previous titles.

His career has not been smooth, with his third Tour de France win in 2010 being stripped after the infamous ‘contaminated meat’ row that saw him test positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol.

For this, the rider was forced to bounce back from a two-year suspension, which he did, winning the Vuelta a Espana in 2012 and 2014, and the Giro d'Italia in 2015.

"I have had a very tough winter and this brings me immense happiness," he said of his win yesterday.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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