Alberto Contador announced via Instagram earlier this week he is taking some time off from his duties in the cycling community to recover from surgery. The retired “El Pistolero” had more than 100 fatty lipomas removed on Dec. 21.
Lipomas are fatty tumors, usually non-cancerous, that develop between the skin and muscles.
“Yesterday it was time to go to the repair shop,” the retired Spanish grand tour legend wrote in his Instagram caption. “I needed to get some lipomas removed and it turned out I had over 100! I won’t be riding for a while.”
Contador, who sat in front of an AURUM bike, a brand he founded with fellow retired cyclist Ivan Basso, explained in Spanish why he was completely wrapped in bandages from his chest down to his legs.
Today, Contador posted on Instagram about a BKOOL Christmas giveaway opportunity, again lifting his shirt to show his large wrap had been removed and replaced with smaller bandages.