Oscar Pereiro’s plans to sign with Astana seem to have fallen through, and Pereiro says that he might be retiring. He had high hopes to ride alongside two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, but the amount of money that Astana wanted to offer Pereiro was too low. “I am a realist and when I won the Tour in 2006, I knew that I wasn’t going to win another one because I don’t have the quality that Alberto (Contador) has to try to win various grand tours. I know this is the end for me, but I did all that I could in cycling. It’s not something that’s sad. I am relaxed. I dream of going out or starting a new life,” Pereiro told La Voz de Galicia. “I didn’t hold a pistol to anyone’s head that they sign me. They called me and told me they didn’t want to negotiate, that there was a quantity of money, and that I was interested, move forward. The offer was good considering that I had a bad year and to be at the sided of Alberto was the best thing that could have happened to me,” he adds. A few days later, Astana wanted to renegotiate for a smaller amount. 32-year-old Pereiro says that he would like to go into television, either as broadcaster or presenter.
Via Velo News.