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Alberto Contador Expresses Confidence with Astana

alberto contador expresses confidence with astana   Alberto Contador Expresses Confidence with Astana

Two-time defending Tour de France champion looks very confident that his new “revamped” Astana team will be able to support him in winning a third Tour. Even though Lance Armstrong and about a dozen of his ex-teammates gone to team RadioShack, Contador says that he will make the best of what’s “left behind.” “In 2010, we will not have such important names as we did in 2009, but even though we’ve only been together a few days, I am very happy about my teammates. I have a very good impression, everyone is very motivated and I believe we will have a potent team for the Tour,” Contador said today at a press conference. When asked about his stand on seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong, he simply replied that he has “no problem” with him.

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Alberto Contador Trains with New Team

alberto contador trains with new team   Alberto Contador Trains with New Team

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…

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Oscar Pereiro Signs With Astana After All

oscar pereiro signs with astana after all   Oscar Pereiro Signs With Astana After All

It seems as if Spaniard Oscar Pereiro may not be retiring after all, despite suggesting so over the weekend. He had said that the amount of money that Astana wanted to offer was too low. Whether they raised the amount or not, Pereiro ended up signing a one-year- contract with them. Now he will be able to ride alongside two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. Pereiro, the 2006 Tour winner, will be meeting with his new teammates on Wednesday in Pisa, Italy at training camp.

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Oscar Pereiro May Be Retiring

oscar pereiro may be retiring   Oscar Pereiro May Be Retiring

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…

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Astana’s First Camp to be Held Next Week

astanas first camp to be held next week   Astanas First Camp to be Held Next Week

Astana will be holding their first camp next week in Pisa, Italy, December 9th through 16th. This means that two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will get the chance to have his first actual face-to-face meeting with the re-vamped Astana since deciding to stay there in 2010. With Lance Armstrong and several other riders going to team RadioShack, Contador will no doubt be looking for who’s still there that can help him earn his third Tour victory. Astana’s 2010 roster so features Assan Bazayev, Alberto Contador, Valeriy Dmitriyev, Alexandr Dyachenko, David De la Fuente, Dmitry Fofonov, Maxim Gurov, Andriy Grivko, Josep Jufré, Jesús Hernández, Maxim Iglinskiy, Valentin Iglinskiy, Enrico Gasparotto, Romana Kireyev, Daniel Navarro, Benjamín Noval, Bolat Raimbekov, Sergey Renev, Mirko Salvaggi, Gorazd Stangelj, Paolo Tiralongo, Alexandre Vinokourov, and Zeits Andrey.

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Alberto Contador is Relaxed About His Deal with Astana

alberto contador is relaxed about his deal with astana   Alberto Contador is Relaxed About His Deal with Astana

By now, we all know of the huge story of whether or not two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will stay with his current team Astana, and if not, where will he go if he does leave. Well, it has been made clear that Contador will be staying at least another year with Astana, and now he speaks publicly about it for the first time. “I am happy with the solution because it was time to clarify my future. I had already arrived at a preliminary agreement with the team and everything was dependent on the (ProTour) license. In the end, just as we hoped, I will stay with Astana,” says Contador. “I believe we’re going to have a good team, perhaps not as potent, above all in terms of name, but I am fully confident in the work we will do and the big…

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Oscar Pereiro Explains Reasons for Moving to Astana

oscar pereiro explains reasons for moving to astana   Oscar Pereiro Explains Reasons for Moving to Astana

Oscar Pereiro has recently gave an explanation behind his move to Astana for the 2010 season. The Spaniard basically said that he didn’t want to end his career in a “feed zone.” I don’t think that a rider who has won the Tour de France should retire in a feed zone but should find some other way of doing so.That’s why I’ve decided to take up the chance to ride for another year and quit when the time is right,” Pereiro tells the Galician newspaper El Progreso. He said that he committed to Astana two weeks ago, but was waiting to make it public until it was decided that Alberto Contador was staying with the team. “I’m not a rider who is going to be a candidate to win the Tour year after year. I am one of the best riders in the race as…

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