For the final race of his career, Alberto Contador will ride a customised Trek Émonda SLR, which was presented to him on Friday at the Vuelta a España team presentation.
After riding the 2017 season with Trek-Segafredo, Contador announced his retirement on August 7. Contador has had an extensive relationship and storied history with Trek, beginning in 2007 with Discovery Channel and in the following two years with Team Astana.
During his time with Discovery Channel, Contador won his first Tour de France (2007) before moving to Astana and winning it again in 2009. He also won the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta in 2008.
Alberto Contador: “To get this new bike is a big surprise for me and I am really happy to be able to ride my last Vuelta on it. I got my first big results on a Trek bike, of which my first Tour de France in 2007 really stands out, and it will also be the bike on which I say goodbye to the grand tours and to my professional career, which has a big sentimental value for me.”
In subsequent years, Contador would continue to add to his tally, winning the Giro again in 2015 and two more Vuelta titles in 2012 and 2014, making the 34-year-old Spaniard one of the sport’s top riders for the last decade with a total of seven grand tour titles.
He is one of only six riders to have won all three grand tours, and it was with Trek that he tasted his first victory in each.
On Saturday, Contador will take the start of the Vuelta a España and vie for one last grand tour title on a custom-made Trek Émonda SLR, a one-of-a kind bike specially crafted to celebrate his distinguished palmarès. The unique paint scheme includes references to all the major races he has won, from the three grand tours to Paris-Nice, Tour of the Basque Country, and Tirreno-Adriatico.
Alberto Contador: “The details that have been put into it, commemorating the most important moments of my palmarès and some of the symbols and ideas that reflect my way of being and that characterise me as a rider, makes this bike really special.
“It highlights my victories in the Tour, the Giro, and the Vuelta, of course, but also the other big important races. The trophies of the three grand tours are on it and other things like my personal slogan ‘querer es poder’ (where there’s a will, there’s a way) that I always keep in mind, and other subtle references to my way of riding, like the sentence ‘attack until the end’. I believe it’s a bike that reflects me and my career completely, and I think it’s one the fans will also embrace.”