Nicolas Roche: Alberto Contador still has a lot to give

The Irish champion believes the Spaniard's best is behind him, while he aims to take-up a leadership role of his own in 2017 with BMC

Alberto Contador. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) says he believes his former teammate Alberto Contador has past his best, but still has a lot to give in the Grand Tours.

Irish champion Roche spent two years on the Saxo-Tinkoff team with the seven-time Grand Tour winner, who has struggled this season to match his best form, finishing outside the podium at both the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. Contador's last Grand Tour victory came in the 2015 Giro d'Italia.

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Richard Windsor

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