This past Thursday, the UCI (International Cycing Union) announced that Astana, among a few other teams, had failed to provide all the information needed for a ProTour license. Under UCI rules, riders of teams that have yet to get a license by October 20th the preceding year are free to break their contracts without fear of consequences. Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is one of those racers, but it seems as if he’s made a commitment to stay with Kazakh cycling team Astana. A spokesman for the Kazakh federation says:
“We’re continuing to work closely with Mr Alberto Contador who should meet with Mr (Yvon) Sanquer, our future general manager, and Mr (Giuseppe) Martinelli, the future sporting director, in the coming days.”
“With him (Contador) we’re preparing the 2010 season so that he can have a competitive team around him to take up new challenges as he is committed to doing in the Astana colours.”
Only time will tell if Astana will obtain their ProTour license any time soon, and if we will see Contador flying another team’s colors next year. Check back for updates!