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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