Vuelta a España honours Alberto Contador in his last race with bib number one

Alberto Contador will race with the prestigious number one bib during his final race before retirement: the 2017 Vuelta a España

Alberto Contador in the Vuelta a España race lead.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Alberto Contador will wear the number one bib in his final racing appearance before retirement, after the organiser of the Vuelta a España decided to honour him with the prestigious race number.

Traditionally, the race number one is given to the defending champion, but last year's winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) will not be riding having participated in the 2017 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France. The organiser has therefore handed three-time winner Contador the number as a mark of respect.

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