Contador bags the Velo d'Or award

The 31-year-old cyclist Alberto Contador, reigning Tour of Spain champion, wins the best rider of 2014 award.

    Contador won his sixth grand tour title at the Vuelta [AFP]
    Contador won his sixth grand tour title at the Vuelta [AFP]

    Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has capped his tumultuous season by winning the Velo d'Or award as the best rider of 2014.

    The Tinkoff-Saxo rider succeeded Chris Froome, who won the 2013 Tour de France but crashed out of this year's race.

    The 31-year-old Contador, who was also forced out of the Tour this summer with a leg fracture before recovering at the Vuelta last month, added successes at Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of the Basque Country this season.

    Contador won his sixth grand tour title at the Vuelta, claiming his home race for a third time, to go with two Tour de France victories and one Giro d'Italia title.

    The Velo d'Or awards are decided by a panel of cycling journalists.

    SOURCE: AP


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