Alberto Contador confirms that he has shelved plans to retire at the end of 2016, and that he is on the verge of signing with a new squad for 2017
- Photos by Daniel Gould

Alberto Contador has said he is close to signing a contract with a new team for the 2017 season.

Speaking from a Critérium du Dauphiné pre-race press conference today, the champion Spaniard categorically shelved retirement plans and said he would compete next year.

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The 33-year-old has been presented with numerous offers and is believed to be negotiating a two-year deal that won’t be announced until the official August transfer window opens. His current Tinkoff team is set to fold at the end of this season through want of a sponsor.

Alberto Contador press conference Dauphine 2016

Alberto Contador during a press conference before the Criterium du Dauphine 2016. Photo: Daniel Gould

“I feel good. I felt that if I’d lost even one per cent of my physical ability then my decision would have been different,” he said.

“I’ll give it 100 per cent. I’ll be doing the same things that I’ve always done, doing the same work, making the same sacrifices that I have always done ever since my first year as a professional.”

Contador last year voiced plans to retire at the end of this season but partially reneged on that in April after he won the Vuelta al Pais Vasco.

He will lead Tinkoff at the Critérium du Dauphiné, which starts tomorrow with a steep four-kilometre prologue time trial in Les Gets.

Alberto Contador press conference Dauphine 2016

Alberto Contador says that he has shelved plans to retire at the end of 2016

  • J1

    They’re riding on the limit a lot of the time, not tempo, that’s how they stay on the front. It’s quite aggressive racing actually as they set the pace so high nobody can attack. I’m not a big Sky fan but you have to look at the facts.

  • J1

    They usually get dropped as Sky push a hard pace to deter any attacks.

  • Michael

    Bragging about your old age notwithstanding, Team Sky are not 50 years old so your point is meaningless.

    Point me to the race with Froome and Contador which Froome won by “riding tempo day in, day out” – I understand where the criticism came from, but it’s outdated – the GC guy they had at the time doesn’t even ride for Team Sky now.

    There’s really no surprises at all in cycling racing. Flat stages are contested with sprints, Mountain stages have climbers like Contador getting to the top first. Occasionally an early breakaway makes it to the end, typically they do not. TT are usually won by the riders that set off last, or towards the last – i.e the best TT riders usually win.

    So, what exactly surprises you? I’d only be surprised by Contador in a race if he sat down to climb. Otherwise he does exciting racing, for sure, but not surprising – and Froome has been pretty much the same (often in the same races)

    If, after 50 years you haven’t managed to figure out what’s happening, I think it’s too late now.

  • llos25

    I have watched and taken part in cycle racing all over the world for over 50 years and for being boring Sky take some beating whereas Alberto and the Tinkoff team ( and other riders and teams too)you never know what is going to happen next .

  • elan

    Great news Alberto.Best cyclist in the last 10 years,and of his generation.

  • Michael

    Oh come on. Froome v Contador has given plenty of exciting racing. To suggest that Froome’s victories in the Dauphine and TdF (amongst others) have been ‘the sky train going tempo’ are just nonsense.

    It’s time you actually watched some bike racing instead of parroting stuff you read 4 or 5 years ago.

  • MrHaematocrit

    Good news, Bertie is an entertaining rider to watch. So much better than the Sky train doing tempo day in day out