Alberto Contador on retirement: 'I'll gain weight and you'll make jokes about it'

Spanish star Alberto Contador says that he's enjoying racing the Vuelta a España his way in his last ever appearance as a professional cyclist – but warns that he will put on weight after retirement

Alberto Contador on stage 15 of the 2017 Vuelta a España.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

When Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) finishes this Vuelta a España and retires, he says that he will enjoy being free of the dietary constraints of being a pro cyclist, and aims to put on weight.

"I like slim-fit clothes, so I may have to change my wardrobe! The people around me are already working on it," the 34-year-old Spaniard said. "I'll gain weight, you'll make jokes about it when you see me, but I'll try to keep it under control."

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