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Alberto Contador: I don’t see myself racing after 2016

Alberto Contador

Tinkoff’s Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium with the trophy after winning the 69th edition of “La Vuelta” Tour of Spain in Santiago de Compostela on September 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JAIME REINA (Photo credit should read JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, one of six men to win all three Grand Tours, said 2016 may be his final year in competition.

“After 2016, what I can say for now, is that I don’t see myself racing,” said Contador, 32, according to Agence France-Presse. “This year, I am sure to be there, but next year I can’t guarantee. … That may be my last year.”

Contador owns six Grand Tour victories, and it would be eight if his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia wins were not stripped following a positive drug test.

Contador would also have been one of only two men to win each Grand Tour multiple times, along with France’s Bernard Hinault. As it stands, he has two Tours de France (2007, 2009), one Giro d’Italia (2008) and three Vueltas a Espana (2008, 2012, 2014).

Contador is thought to be a contender for Grand Tours this season, since he won the final Grand Tour last year after pulling out of the Tour de France.

“It is hard to set a date when you love what you do,” Contador said, according to AFP. “Physically I feel very well, but it is true that the years are going by and you have to set a date. I would like to retire on top of a podium,” he said.

In the Olympics, Contador competed only at Beijing 2008. There, he finished fourth in the individual time trial, 8.4 seconds slower than U.S. bronze medalist Levi Leipheimer.

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