Alberto Contador still planning to launch his own professional team

Alberto Contador may set up a UCI Continental team through his foundation, to give riders on his U23 and junior squads the chance to go professional

Credit: Matteo Zanga
(Image credit: Matteo Zanga)

He may have signed for Trek-Segafredo for the 2017 season, but Alberto Contador is still eyeing up having his own professional team one day.

The Spaniard hinted that he may even ride for his own team next year, when he changed his mind about retirement after a strong start to the season, but his contract with Trek has lessened the haste of setting up a team.

With a junior and U23 team already in place, under the name rh+/Polartec, the Alberto Contador Foundation is still also looking at the best way to launch a professional team to the peloton.

"The Contador Foundation works to give continuity to our riders and so creating a professional team is the next logical step," Contador said.

"We have not set a date for this goal. One possibility is to start with a Continental team but the date is still open, although we are already working on it.

"Ultimately the team will be in the image of the Junior and U23 teams, offering the riders guaranteed continuity for several seasons allowing maximum stability for its riders. Hopefully we’ll get there very soon.”

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Stuart Clarke

Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.