Team Sky's interest in Contador was short-lived, says Brailsford

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Team Sky's Dave Brailsford has quashed newspaper speculation that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was a major target for the new British-run squad.

The Times reported on Saturday that Team Sky had been in contact with the Spaniard, who won his second Tour title in July. The report quoted Contador's brother and representative, Fran, and it was interpreted by some as indicating Contador was still on Team Sky's hitlist.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.