• Contador mulls his own pro team in 2017

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    MADRID: Current Tinkoff lead rider Alberto Contador said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) he was mulling over an idea to launch his own professional team in 2017, not ruling out himself out as a potential team member. Barring injury or accident, this season was widely expected to be the 33-year-old Contador’s last, the Madrid-born racer targeting the Tour de France and Rio Olympics as a perfect send off having often stressed he wanted to go out at the top. “I have two options in my head: one is to carry on if I suffer a mishap on the Tour, as I did in 2014, and the other is to launch a professional team,” said Contador, a three-time Vuelta winner (2008, 2012, 2014), double Giro champion (2008, 2015) and twice winner of the Tour de France (2007, 2009). The second option, he said, was “complicated” and involved a “very high budget” of around 15 million euros for a team to compete at World Tour level.

    AFP

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