Hundreds of cycling fans gathered outside the City Council in Pinto, south of Madrid, as multiple time Grand Tours champion Alberto Contador bid farewell to his career, Tuesday. «It is incredible for me to live this farewell,» said the cyclist while speaking to the crowd from the City Council's balcony. He then thanked local residents, stressing their «love and affection» helped him to «[go... Еще through the] sacrifice of training» every day. Since he first won the ‘Tour de France’ in 2007, the cyclist celebrated all of his major victories in Pinto, saying that the ‘reception he receives gives him an enormous emotion.’ Despite his many successes Contador has faced controversy. In 2011 he was stripped of his ‘Giro d’Italia’ victory by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, after he was found guilty of accidentally ingesting the banned doping product of Clenbuterol.