'Team Sky has a €35m budget, it's complicated to compete with that'

Alberto Contador says his biggest challenge at new team Trek-Segafredo will be overcoming the power of Team Sky in the Grand Tours

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Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, ahead of the 2017 season with team Trek-Segafredo, questions how anyone can compete with Team Sky and its "35 million euro" budget.

Contador struggled in this year's Tour de France with early crashes and abandoned after one week. His last Tour title is from the 2009 edition. However, he took on and beat the British super-team in smaller races and held off Chris Froome to second place in the 2014 Vuelta a España.

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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.