Alberto Contador has said he may change his signature victory salute if there's a risk it could upset fans at the Tour de France

Multiple Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador has revealed that he may stop performing his signature ‘pistolero’ winning celebration in the wake of the Paris attacks earlier this month.

The Spanish rider, who will line up as one of the favourites in what he has said will be his last Tour de France, is concerned that the mock-gun salute could upset fans.

“The significance of the celebration is not about shooting or violence,” he told The Huffington Post UK.

“It’s just for the people to show victory, but if some people could be offended by it then I have no problem not doing it,” he said.

This is, of course, if he gets the opportunity to perform any celebration at all.

Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Fabio Aru are all also planning to ride the 2016 Tour meaning Contador will have a very elite field to overcome should he win his third Grand Boucle.

With all four riders looking to peak for the race it could be one of the best editions in recent years.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    I’m from South Wales by way of London (working in Texas). But there are plenty of native-born here who regard “that” Texan with disdain for his actions.

  • Ciaran Carroll

    Coming from someone from texas… Beautiful

  • Gerard Miller

    Pretty feeble gesture – not up to Cipollini level – Contador always looks mildly uneasy doing it.

  • J1

    I don’t see how a man dressed in lycra winning a bike race and making a hand “gun” to celebrate a win could be offensive to anyone. He’s looking far too much into it. It would be worse if he didn’t celebrate.

  • J1

    Yeah yeah, it was five years ago….and it was a contentious decision anyway.

  • FPCyclist

    I’ve always felt the same too. Made me uncomfortable the first time I saw him do it.

  • Texas Roadhouse

    Better the drug cheat just drop himself altogether

  • Colin

    He should drop it because it’s lame and always has been. Not because of Paris shootings.