Alberto Contador: 'I couldn’t have had a more beautiful finish than Angliru victory'

The Spaniard closed his career with a storming solo victory atop the Angliru on the final mountain stage of the Vuelta a España

Alberto Contador wins stage 20 of the 2017 Vuelta a España

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Alberto Contador came to the Vuelta a España with the stated aim of enjoying himself in the final race of his career and, a brief sickness apart, has spent three weeks doing exactly that.

Yet, he went into his final mountain stage to the infamous Alto de l’Angliru with mixed feelings.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.