Contador shelves retirement plans


Alberto Contador has put his retirement plans on hold after winning his fourth Tour of the Basque Country on Saturday.

The two-time Tour de France winner had been expected to leave the sport at the end of 2016 when his contract with Tinkoff is due to expire.

However, the Spaniard has shown good form this season - he was second in Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya - and his victory in Eibar has convinced him he can continue to compete at the highest level for another year.

"Thinking it over with my family and my team and seeing how I am enjoying what I am doing, I think for the moment I am going to leave this [retirement] idea to one side," said the 33-year-old.

"I think I am going to continue enjoying and doing what I like, which is cycling.

"I have worked very hard to be in this shape. I have done very well in all the races. 

"To be honest, I don't like finishing second. After two second places in Paris-Nice and Catalanuya, this is a nice victory."

Contador claimed his fourth Tour of the Basque Country - a six-stage race - title by 12 seconds from Team Sky's Sergio Henao after Saturday's individual time trial.