Alberto Contador is undoubtedly one of the world’s best stage racers and a legend in his lifetime. With six overall Grand Tour wins, more than any other active rider, along with numerous wins in stage races, Alberto has a claim to being the finest overall cyclist of this generation. As such, it is only natural Tinkoff-Saxo will have him as its leader for one more year, until the end of the 2016 season.
Contador had an impressive 2014 season, where he won the Vuelta a España after a spirited comeback following his hard crash at the Tour de France. Besides his win in the Spanish grand tour, Alberto also played a major role in the one-week stage races of 2014. He won the Tirreno-Adriatico and Vuelta al País Vasco and finished 2nd in both Critérium du Dauphiné and Volta a Catalunya, adding the top results to an already impressive palmares.
The 2015 season started on a high note with a great performance at the Ruta del Sol and will continue tomorrow, with the start of the prestigious Tirreno-Adriatico, as the Spanish rider focuses on his main goal of the season, to win the Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double.
Oleg Tinkov, Team Owner, expressed his satisfaction with the fact Alberto Contador will lead his team for one more year: “I’m very happy that Alberto will lead Tinkoff-Saxo in 2016 as well, because I truly believe he is the best cyclist in the world and I am convinced he will continue to be so for a few more years. Unfortunately, he decided he would retire at the end of next year which means he will race with my team for two full seasons. I would have, obviously, preferred him to stay longer but that was his personal decision.
However, I am very proud that Alberto’s impressive career will conclude in my team and I hope he takes the Tinkoff-Saxo colors to the top step of the Tour de France podium in 2015 and 2016.”
Bjarne Riis, Team Manager, commented on Alberto Contador’s renewal: “I am, obviously, very happy Alberto extended his contract with Tinkoff-Saxo. Everybody knows I am a big fan of his and I look forward to working with him for another year. It’s also extremely important for the team to have as a leader a champion of his caliber.
This will be a very important year for Alberto and I’m confident it is going to be a good one. I have built a big part of the team around him and Tinkoff-Saxo will continue to fully support him.
I believe that this is the best decision that Alberto could have made.”
Alberto Contador commented on the renewed deal: “For me it was something very important. I knew I could not wait much more because if I had to choose another option it should have been done much in advance, in order to adequately prepare the team. We have been thoroughly assessing all aspects and in Tinkoff-Saxo we have a group that can fully guarantee the challenge of the Grand Tours.
It is true that it was important for 2016 to have these guarantees and for that reason I am very happy to have closed the deal. It is already five years that I have been working with Bjarne Riis and the possibility to continue for another year is satisfying.
I would like to thank all the team’s sponsors, Tinkoff Bank, Saxo Bank and Oleg Tinkov for their support. I am very happy and I look forward to start racing.”