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Alberto Contador proves he's still got it at Mallorca 312

The Spaniard averages 33.6kmh for the day and takes a big KOM en route too

Joe Robinson
2 May 2019

Alberto Contador proved he is not getting slow in retirement setting an extremely respectable 9 hour 15 minute time at the Mallorca 312 sportive.

The 36-year-old retired at the end of the 2017 season but has yet to fully give up on riding almost as well as he did during his career.

Taking on the Mallorcan sportive, the former Tinkoff and Astana rider officially finished 73rd on the day in a time of 10 hours and 14 minutes although his Strava file tells of a much faster ride.

To cover the mammoth 312km in just over nine hours, the seven-time Grand Tour winner's Strava post shows he averaged a solid 33.6kmh despite the 4,968m of elevation. The Spaniard also topped out at 83.9kmh on the descent of the Puig Major.

Proving he is no slouch, Contador also set a decent Strava KOM en route, taking the title for the 'Mallorca 312 Gorg Blau - Coll den Claret' segment.

Contador covered the 43.83km distance in 1 hour 15 minutes with an average speed of 35kmh, knocking 27 seconds off the previous best time.

Covering the Mallorca 312 sportive, widely regarded as one of the toughest sportives in the world, in a time of 9:15 is impressive but to be expected for a rider of the calibre of Contador.

Although what Contador's time does do is place Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford's time from 2018 on even more of a pedestal.

Last year, the 55-year-old covered the distance in 9 hours and 48 minutes, just half an hour slower by moving time than former pro Contador with an average speed just 4kmh slower.

For the entire ride, Brailsford put out an average weighted power of 244w. That's just 45w less than Oliver Naesen's average weighted power when he finished second at Milan-San Remo this March.