This week, two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador gets a chance to get to know the riders and staff of the “revamped” Astana. Contador trained along the Italian coast with Oscar Pereiro and Alexander Vinokourov for the first time since he decided to stay with the team for 2010. Even though Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel, as well as several other riders, have departed for team RadioShack, Contador keeps his eyes on the prize, a third win at the Tour de France. “I know that 2010 will be another complicated year. But after all that’s happened in 2009, I will be able to handle it better. My objective for 2010 will be to fight to win the Tour, to have options for victory,” Contador told MARCA. He admits that the team is not as strong as it was last year, but is optimistic that they can still do some damage. “I am realistic. I know that I have a team that’s less potent than other years, but it’s precisely for that reason that we have to work even deeper in the training camps to know what was have to do and how we can do it. It’s clear in my mind that it’s going to be a very tactical Tour and that you will have to play interests of one off another because I’m not the only one who wants to win,” he says.
Via Velo News.