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Alberto Contador sets incredible 7,200m elevation record despite being retired

Joe Robinson
12 Aug 2019

The Spaniard is yet to slow down on his bike despite retiring from pro racing two years ago

Seven-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador is still setting personal bests despite having been retired for almost two years ago. The Spaniard competed in the Tour of the Stations endurance sportive in Switzerland last weekend and set a new personal record for elevation gain in one ride, climbing a mindblowing 7,224m in 216.95km.

The 36-year-old uploaded his ride to Strava, showing off the fact he covered the distance in just over nine hours giving him a more than respectable average speed of 23.4kmh, proving he has not let go in retirement.

While Contador was unable to snag any Strava King of the Mountain trophies along the way - about which he is likely to be bitterly disappointed - he did manage to take home nine top 10 placings, all of which were on climbs.

What's also surprising is that Contador was not even the first rider over the line. 

The former Trek-Segafredo rider only managed to cross the line eighth, rolling in 38 minutes adrift of Italian Fabio Cini, who crossed the line first.

Both Contador and Cini were among the 2,000 riders competing in the Tour des Stations sportive based in the Valais region of Switzerland, which offered three different courses that tackled 7,400m, 4,700m and 2,000m of climbing respectively.

Contador took to social media following the ride:

While Contador was likely suffering hard for most of the ride, he would probably have given himself a moment of reflection on the course, too, considering where the route strayed.

At around 140km into the ride, the course visited the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, that is just as famous for a stinging attack launched by the Spaniard at the Tour de France a decade ago as for its apres-ski bars.

On Stage 15 of the 2009 Tour, Contador sped off from the Schleck brothers, Andy and Frank, as well as Astana teammate Lance Armstrong 5.6km from the summit finish in Verbier to stamp his authority on the race.

Eventually crossing the line 43 seconds ahead of his closest rival, Contador rode into the yellow jersey, cemented his place as team leader ahead of Armstrong and gave cycling fans one of the biggest spectacles it had ever seen on any mountain stage in the race's history.