As it’s become tradition, today Trek presented Alberto Contador with a very special bike to commemorate his racing career. The custom Émonda SLR was unveiled at the team presentation for the Vuelta a España, which will be the last race of Contador’s career.  It’s been 14 years since El Pistolero joined the pro ranks, all of which culminating at the end of the Vuelta on September 10th, in Madrid…

 

 

All photos c. Trek/Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto

Painted with a split of Quicksilver matte and Metallic Charcoal gloss, the bike understated yet rich with details that highlight all three grand tours and his overall race wins. Emblazoned on the downtube is “Querer Es Poder” or “where there’s a will, there’s a way” which Trek says is Alberto’s personal mantra.

Here’s to a great final race, and have fun in retirement Alberto!

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vectorbug
vectorbug
4 years ago

It’s missing the little Steak icon with two hypodermic needles criss-crossing under it like a family crest.

JNH
JNH
4 years ago
Reply to  vectorbug

I was going to ask where they hid the two black marks, but that’s a much better idea.

Gillis
Gillis
4 years ago
Reply to  vectorbug

Came here for this. Satisfied.

dannycarr2k
4 years ago
Reply to  Gillis

Next stop: standing in the road barking at cars?

Rocket salad
Rocket salad
4 years ago

BillB, 5 years is not long enough for a filthy drug user. He should have got a life ban. Shame on trek for doing this for him.

dannycarr2k
4 years ago
Reply to  Rocket salad

Life time bans, although satisfying, are probably more harmful to the sport as they encourage the omertà. Also, we live in a society that values redemption. Otherwise, why not the death penalty for everything? I don’t much like your vision of society.

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
4 years ago
Reply to  dannycarr2k

The internet…not everyone is from the same place. Redemption is great in normal life. This is a sport and if he were banned, he’d be suffering with millions of dollars in the bank…

Coach
Coach
4 years ago

Grow up (deleted) and let that go. He has been good for cycling.

Eugene Chan
4 years ago

A lot of people from the last 50 years worth of cycling needed lifetime bans then.

Penn Teller
Penn Teller
4 years ago
Reply to  Eugene Chan

Oh, indeed. The vast majority of the pro peloton doped, and it has been that way since the first Tour de France in 1903. Shouting “doper!” at a professional cyclist means about as much as shouting “speeder!” at a driver on the interstate.

And many Americans who exclaim “Dopers suck!” happily sit down to watch NFL football or pro baseball, both of which have doping problems at least as big as cycling’s.

Sure, it would be great if the sport were totally clean, but anyone who understands the sport (or sports in general) knows that’s utterly unrealistic. The sport can certainly be cleaner, but howling like a kid who just discovered the truth about Santa Claus won’t get us there.

Maus Haus
Maus Haus
4 years ago
Reply to  Penn Teller

@ Teller – Totally agree on other sports no body talking about using PED. College football is not testing anyone. HS players look totally different on their first college game compared to their last game in HS. Neck and body are dramatically huge compared to HS just over a summer. Then there’s pro football. The testing they do is planned out months in advance and limited testing only approved by the players union. Such a joke yet it’s all ok for football. It’s probably in HS as well for some of these kids. I remember in HS two classmates getting gigantic their senior year.

Haromania
Haromania
4 years ago

Interesting he was never the same after eating a steak.

peter
peter
4 years ago
Reply to  Haromania

like in the 2011 giro (arguably the hardest grand tour ever) where he crushed everyone?

JNH
JNH
4 years ago
Reply to  peter

I don’t know what you’re talking about, the 2011 Giro was won by Michele Scarponi.

HotStuff
HotStuff
4 years ago

Wada joke!

lop
lop
4 years ago

Seriously. I am so bored of these moralizing dipsh*ts, concerned that a sport they discovered seven years ago has been “dirty” since before they were born.

Just wait until these guys learn that wrestling is fake!

Rocket salad
Rocket salad
4 years ago

Good to see plenty of drug sympathisers here.

Jonathon
Jonathon
4 years ago

The comments calling a doper a doper are being deleted. It’s unfortunate that people can ascend to the highest ranks illegally, and then we’re supposed to forget how they got there and instead idolize them. Tom Danielson can profit and sell his Core Advantage books, David Zabriskie can sell his branded chamois cream, and Lance can market anything now. Lance said he’s do it again if he had a chance to go back. Off course they all would, they’re famous now and can profit for life. Continue to call these cheaters out. Harsher laws need to be put in place to stop banking off name recognition when caught.

Kristi Benedict
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Kristi Benedict(@kristibee)
4 years ago
Reply to  Jonathon

Jonathon and Matthew, comments with just the word “doper” in them were deleted. Calling names (justified or not) doesn’t add to the conversation.

Matthew
Matthew
4 years ago

My doper comment was also deleted also.

I will not buy any brand that celebrates a known doper, thus I will not buy a Bianchi and now a Trek.

Sick Boy
Sick Boy
4 years ago

I can’t imagine accomplishing anything close to what these athletes spend their eitire youth training for without doping. All the armchair quarterbacks on here need to move on. Take something personally that actually has to do with you rather than someone you don’t even know.

Marc Smith
Marc Smith
4 years ago

My god I don’t think I ever read so much innocence in a comments section. Its like no one has ever been close to the level of what these athletes have gone through. No wonder Floyd finds the discussion of doping so moot. Americans in general just hide their heads in a big pit of sand. Alberto who ? Alberto Salazar, Nike who, Nike since forever… come on people… Happy people get caught but playing little marries is what gave you your president…