Contador sells bicycle of the canceled Giro victory to help the Red Cross

MADRID: Alberto counter is auctioning the bicycle he rode in 2011 Tour of Italy & Tour de France to raise funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic said Thursday.

The fight against this COVID-19 continues, & I wanted to make an extra effort. I'm going to auction this bicycle , used during the Giro & Tour 2011, which means a lot to me. The funds raised will go to the Red Cross . I'm doing it on eBay," the 37-year-old Spanish rider said in a video he posted on Twitter & Instagram.

In that Giro, Contador took the lead with a victory up Mount Etna in the ninth stage & went on to finish first, which would have been a sixth straight victory in a major tour in which he had ridden.

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He then finished fifth in the Tour de France . After a series of falls early in the race he made a spectacular, but ultimately fruitless, attack up Col de Telegraphe early in the 19th stage to Alpe d'Huez.

His results in both races were canceled due to a positive drug test the previous winter.

"It's the Etna bicycle , from the attack at the Col du Telegraphe," he said.

The bidding, on Spanish eBay, started at 2,500 euros, & was around 13,500 euros ($14,661) at 1200 GMT on Thursday. The auction, will end on April 15, shortly before 1000 GMT.

Apart from races from which he was later disqualified, Contador, who retired in 2017, won the Vuelta three times & the Tour de France & Giro twice each & is one of seven riders to have won all three.