Contador to help fight strokes

2010-08-10 20:51

Geneva - Alberto Contador has been named an ambassador for the World Stroke Organization, six years after recovering from surgery to stop bleeding in his brain.

The three-time Tour de France winner said in a statement on Tuesday he will support a campaign to educate people about strokes.

Contador was 21 when he fell during the 2004 Tour of Asturias race and went into convulsions. He was diagnosed with a congenital vascular disorder, which can cause hemorrhagic stroke, and returned to racing eight months later.

The 27-year-old Spanish rider won his third Tour de France title last month.

Markku Kaste, the campaign chairman, says Contador's journey to become a cycling great is "truly an inspiration."