The Tenth edition of Mallorca 312 – Giant – Taiwan arrives stronger than ever this year by paying homage to one of Spain’s greatest riders: Alberto Contador. The Madrid local will wear the special bib in this edition and will complete the 312 kilometres of the Mallorca cyclosportive, along with 8000 participants eager to take part in a challenge that has become one of the unmissable races of the international cycling calendar.
Alberto Contador began his professional career in 2003 by conquering the final time trial in the Tour de Pologne with the ONCE-Eroski team. In 2004, he suffered a serious fall during the first stage of the Vuelta a Asturias and, after spending a few days in hospital, was diagnosed with a cerebral cavernoma that required undergoing a life-threatening operation. He did not compete for the rest of the season but, following an arduous recuperation, got back on his bike in 2005.
The year 2007 saw Contador consolidate his position in international cycling, obtaining an exceptional victory tally since then, including 7 grand tours where he beat such rivals as Andy Schleck, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde, thus becoming the fifth rider to win, at least once, the general classification of three grand tours (only Vincenzo Nibali has since followed suit).
The rider from Pinto’s track record also includes four Vueltas al País Vasco (2008, 2009, 2014 and 2016), two Paris-Nice (2007 and 2010) and one Tirreno-Adriático (2014) among his 67 triumphs, which include both general classifications and stage victories, throughout his career.
Following his retirement, Alberto Contador has maintained a close link to professional cycling through his team, the Kometa Cycling Team, which features the support of Ivan Basso, and as a specialist commentator for Eurosport.
Mallorca 312 celebrates its Tenth Anniversary
The race will take place on the 27th of April 2019 with three routes, measuring 167, 225 and 312 kilometres, all exclusively reserved for cyclists, with a limit of 8000 participants. Mallorca 312 is fast-becoming one of the most relevant and awaited events in the cycling calendar, as proved by the fact that this year’s registrations ran out in just 6 days.