Contador ditches retirement plans after Basque win

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador admitted he has put his plan to retire on hold after claiming his fourth Tour of the Basque Country on Saturday.

Contador, 33, had previously stated 2016 would be his final season as a professional rider, but buoyed by a strong start to the year having also finished second in the Tour of Catalonia and Paris-Nice, he now looks set to continue riding in 2017.

“Thinking it over with my family and my team and seeing how I am enjoying what I am doing, I think for the moment I am going to leave this idea to one side,” Contador said of retiring.

“I think I am going to continue enjoying and doing what I like, which is cycling.”

Contador outgunned Colombian duo Sergio Henao and Nairo Quintana to win Saturday’s final stage 16.5 km time trial around Eibar in 29mins 13secs and claim the overall victory by 12 seconds.

“I have worked very hard this winter to be in this shape,” added Contador.

“I have done very well in all the races, but a couple have escaped for a few seconds, perhaps because there hasn’t been a time trial or other factors. This one I was able to win and I’m very happy.”