Vuelta Espana 2014 has concluded after 3 eventful weeks with Contador as the overall winner. It marked the 3rd Vuelta Espana win for the star Spaniard.
The second position was bagged by Tour France 2013 champ Chris Froome. It was another major grand tour performance by the Team Sky rider.
The thrilling 3-week race, which is widely said to be the best of grand tours for the year, finalized with 9.7 km time trial at Galicia – albeit Froome’s scope of beating race lead Contador were minimal.
The Tinkoff-Saxo man is no doubt a fantastic talent but again a controversial cyclist who was ripped of his 3rd Tour France crown in 2010 on the ground of doping. However, he seemed to have reached to his previous glorious state post his doping suspension and relished a wonderful 1 minute 37 seconds lead over Chris since at the beginning of the Vuelta stage.
Whilst heavy downpour halfway through hardened the conditions, the Spanish star rider managed to balance his winning status safely, beating Chris by 1 minute 10 seconds in general classification. Alejandro Valverde from Movistar took the 3rd position at 1 minute 50 seconds whilst Adriano Malori, his team-mate, won that stage.
Contador was definitely elated to bag his 3rd Vuelta Espana win.
“It’s like a dream come true to triumph at 3 Vueltas”, remarked the winner while approached to speak a few words after the win. He had his first Vuelta win in the year 2008 & the second one in 2012. “I wasn’t expecting it really.”
“These last couple of months, I went through a great deal of ups & downs but the huge support from my fans was really crucial. I’m delighted & want to express my gratitude to the squad as it would not have been possible without them.”