Who gets Pistolero’s pistol?

The Pistolero lives on

Alberto is happily retired but his firearm symbolism lives on.

While Trek-Segafredo will now be without the services of the legendary Alberto Contador, his signature pistol move will still be an inspirational part of the team.

Although retired immediately after his stirring performance in the Vuelta a Espana, Contador apparently left behind a ceremonial pistol as a source of inspiration and strength.

The WorldTour squad hasn’t hired any top grand tour champions for next season so the immediate question is who on the existing roster will take possession of the pistol. Will it be Bauke Mollema, who notched a seventh place in this year’s Giro d’Italia, and 17th in the Tour de France?

Will it be Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, who rode to top 20 finishes at the Tour de France in 2015 and 2016? And symbolically speaking, should it not be Peter Stetina, who just launched his western-themed Sierra Prospect ride  up in Tahoe, California?

For the moment, nobody knows which rider will inherit the pistol. Perhaps the road will decide or after the first training camps have come to a close. Trek general manager Luca Guercilena remained tight lipped about the pistol, refusing to even acknowledge the existence of the weapon.

However, Sergio Broma, a close friend of the Spanish champion, has confirmed that Contador left behind the symbolic gift. “It was a vintage Astra Model 200 pocket pistol manufactured by Astra Unceta y Cía in Guernica. Alberto picked it out himself and did the gift wrapping,” his Broma. “He just thought it was a cool thing for the team to have.”

The retired Fabian Cancellara, nicknamed Spartacus, did not leave his team a spear or sword. Retired rider and Cookie Monster Phil Gaimon did not leave a bag of chocolate chip cookies with his Cannondale team. However, Alberto Contador has passed on a pistol.

We’ll have to wait until the start of the 2018 season for Trek Segafredo to see who gives it the best shot.







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