Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador’s on his way out of Astana

"He is a great rider but it is another thing on a personal level, where I have never had great admiration for him and I never will."
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador reveals his apathy towards Astana team-mate Lance Armstrong

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is to leave Team Astana at the end of the 2010 season after rejecting an offer to extend his contract.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who won his third Tour in Paris on Sunday, now plans to “calmly explore all possibilities available to him”.

A statement issued on Contador's behalf this afternoon read: “Contador had asked for time to consider his future, given the importance of this decision. Although the positions of both parties were not so far apart, the team wanted to know urgently whether or not the winner of the Triple Crown would lead the team in 2011, and that's where the positions began to differ.”

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