Alberto Contador Signs with Team SunGard-Saxo Bank

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08/3/2010| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Alberto Contador - Now riding for Team Saxo Bank-SunGard. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Alberto Contador - Now riding for Team Saxo Bank-SunGard. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Alberto Contador Signs with Team SunGard-Saxo Bank

At a press conference in Copenhagen taking place earlier today it was announced that three-time Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador has signed with Riis Cycling and Team Sungard-Saxo Bank for 2011 and beyond.

July 26, 2010 - Madrid, C. A. Madrid, Spain - MADRID 26/07/2010.- Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, signs on the visitors' book of Madrid's regional government's heasquarters in Madrid, Spain, 26 July 2010. Contador won his third Tour de France on 25 July 2010 in Paris, France.

Alberto Contador Signs with Team SunGard-Saxo Bank

At a press conference in Copenhagen taking place earlier today it was announced - and reported first by Roadcycling.com - that three time Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador has signed with Riis Cycling and Team Sungard-Saxo Bank for 2011 and beyond.

"Alberto is a world class rider and it's with great pride that I can welcome him onboard the team for the next two years. With three Tour de France victories on his resume and a position as number one on the world rankings, he is sure to stay at the very top for several years to come. Alberto will get a solid, strong and loyal team around him to support him in all terrains and I'm sure that this will be a fruitful alliance." Team Saxo Bank-Sungard and Riis Cycling owner Bjarne Riis said at the press conference.

Riis added "I am looking forward to the new challenge of working and cooperating with Alberto Contador. I am looking forward to polishing him, thereby making him an even more beautiful and sparkling diamond. I believe that we have yet to see his full potential and that he will sparkle even more during his time as part of Team SunGard-Saxo Bank than he has done while riding for Team Astana."

Alberto Contador's great ambition is to win all three major tours in the same year. The Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. "I will support Contador in making this dream come true," Riis said in Copenhagen. However, Riis believes that 2011 will be too soon for Contador to make an attempt at conquering the pro road cycling Tour triple.

Riis said that negotiations with Contador have taken place during recent months, indicating that Riis has also negotiated with Contador during the 2010 Tour de France.

Alberto Contador has signed a two-year contract with the team. However, Contador did not attend the press conference. According to Riis, Contador had been sighted in Copenhagen Airport trying to catch a cab that would take him to Hotel Skt. Petri in time for the press conference.

"I'm very happy and excited about signing a two year contract with Riis Cycling. With the unique philosophy and team spirit the team offers I'm ensured solid support from the sponsors, administration and staff of riders that I'm looking forward to becoming a part of myself. Historically, Riis Cycling has always been successful and together, we will have the ability to play a very important role in the world of cycling in the years to come," Contador said in a statement.

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