October 29, 2014 / 3:03 PM / 3 years ago

Contador wins prestigious Velo d'Or award for fourth time

PARIS (Reuters) - Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has won the prestigious Velo d‘Or award as the best rider of 2014.

Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Alberto Contador of Spain crosses the finish line of the 161-km (100 miles) eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race between Tomblaine and Gerardmer La Mauselaine, July 12, 2014. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

Spaniard Contador, who was already crowned in 2007, 2008 and 2009, beat Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali of Italy in a poll of cycling journalists set up by French publication Velo Magazine.

Contador, who crashed out of the Tour de France, also won the Tirreno-Adriatico and Tour of Basque country stage races.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Mark Meadows

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