Quick Step Makes Offer to Alberto Contador
Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador is expected to make a decision on who he will be riding for in the 2010 season. It looks as if the two choices will be his current team, Astana, and the Belgian Quick Step. Rumor has it that Astana has offered Contador a contract worth 8 million euros per year, but his brother and manager, Fran Contador, denies that the offer has been made. He also says that if Alberto remains with Astana, it won’t be on a long-term contract. La Gazzetta Dello Sport, an Italian newspaper, reported that Quick Step has offered Contador a four-year contract worth 5 million euros per year. Quick Step’s manager, Patrick Lefevere, denies the amount of the contract. He says, “We have made an offer, [Contador] knows how much and we will see. I don’t talk about money. Some people are speaking about numbers that everyone knows are ridiculous.” After November 20th, the second deadline for Astana to have a UCI ProTour license, if Astana still doesn’t have the license, Contador will be free to accept other offers. Stay tuned for updates on Alberto Contador and his team situation.