'Tranquility' of Saxo Bank team important, says Contador

Alberto Contador, Tour de France 2010, stage 15

Spain's Alberto Contador has travelled a rocky road since he won his first Tour de France in 2007: force out of the 2008 edition, difficulties with team-mate Lance Armstrong and contract problems. Joining with Bjarne Riis' Saxo Bank team Tuesday for the next two years, he is ready for a certain amount of calmness.

"I come to a team with a definite philosophy, a good way to work and that gives me the tranquillity that I have not had in recent years," he said. "I am happy and eager to begin this project."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.