Tour de France winner Alberto Contador drops Team Astana

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2010 12:21 pm

The 2010 Tour de France was filled with numerous dramatic events throughout the various stages, such as 7-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong’s disappointing final Le Tour appearance, an unexpected fist fight between cyclists, Mark Renshaw’s headbutt heard around the world, and the infamous Andy Schleck bike chain incident. However, just because the Tour is now over, doesn’t mean the drama has stopped in the cycling world.

Only three days after dominating the slopes of the Alps and Pyrenees en route to winning his third Tour de France, Alberto Contador has announced that he declined team Astana’s contract offer and will no longer race for the team. Contador cycled for team Astana when he won the Tour Spain, Giro d’ Italia, and two of his three Tour de France titles. In response to losing Contador, Team Astana said “his decision to leave does not depend on us but on other outside proposals. We respect his choice, and wish him good luck.”

While Contador’s next move remains unknown, there is speculation that he will join Bjarne Rii’s new team named Team SunGard-Specialized. In recent months Specialized bicycles has featured Contador in its advertising.