Contador to leave Astana - definitive

Alberto Contador and Astana, Tour de France 2010, team presentation, Rotterdam, 1 July 2010

Tour de France 2010 winner Alberto Contador is to leave Astana at the end of this season. Negotiations between the 27-year-old Spaniard and the team have broken off and cycling's top stage racer will be with a new squad for 2011. However, it's not at all clear where he will be heading.

Following the departure of Lance Armstrong, Johan Bruyneel and a large proportion of the squad to RadioShack at the end of 2009, as well as an end to the payment problems that had plagued Astana that season, it all seemed as if Contador was on track to continue with a team with which he had won two Tours de France, a Giro and a Vuelta.

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