Alberto Contador is going to be declared the winner of Velo d’Or award for 2014. This will be the fourth time of Alberto Contador’s winning the best rider of the year award which will be a record. The winner is decided by votes of journalists and the poll is carried out by Velo Magazine, a French publication.
He had to quit the Tour de France that took place in July this year due to a crash that broke his shinbone. He returned to Vuelta a Espana after that and won it for the third time. During his successful spring campaign, he became the winner at Tirreno-Adriatico and at the Tour of the Basque Country. He is just behind Chris Froome on the roll of honour.
For French Cycling, it was very hard to win the award this year. But Jean-Chrisophe Peraud was finally able to win the award as he secured the second place in this year’s Tour de France. Since 1997, no Frenchman has been able to secure such a place in La Grande Boucle.
Officially, the winners will be named in Velo magazine’s next edition which will be published later this month.
The award was created by the Velo Magazine, a French publication in 1992. Previously, Lance Armstrong won the award for five times but he was stripped of his titles after he was found guilty of doping.
Alberto Contador was born in 6th December 1982 in Pinto in the Community of Madrid. His younger brother is afflicted by Cerebral Palsy; his also has an elder brother and an elder sister. His elder brother Francisco Javier introduced Contador to cycling when he was at the age of 14.
Contador and his wife Macarena live in the city of Pinto. In his spare time, Contador enjoys hunting. He also has a penchant for birds and has canaries and goldfinches he personally bred, at home.