Madrid - Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Tuesday announced
that he would extend his contract for a further year with the
The Spaniard's current contract with the team
expires at the end of this season, but the 32-year-old will ride for an
extra season before retiring.
"Hello all, happy to anounce that in
2016 will continue being rider of tinkoff saxo.!!!," Contador wrote on
his official Twitter account.
"I'm very happy that Alberto will
lead Tinkoff-Saxo in 2016 as well, because I truly believe he is the
best cyclist in the world and I am convinced he will continue to be so
for a few more years," said the team's owner Oleg Tinkov in a statement.
he decided he would retire at the end of next year which means he will
race with my team for two full seasons. I would have, obviously,
preferred him to stay longer but that was his personal decision.
I am very proud that Alberto's impressive career will conclude in my
team and I hope he takes the Tinkoff-Saxo colors to the top step of the
Tour de France podium in 2015 and 2016."
Contador, who has won all three major tours, is due to take part in this
week's Tirreno-Adriatico stage race in Italy which starts on Wednesday.
main rivals in that will be reigning Tour de France champion Vincenzo
Nibali and Giro d'Italia champion the Colombian climber Nairo Quintana,
while Contador won the Tour of Spain last season.
Contador is among the favourites for the 2015 Tour de France, which begins on July 4 in Utrecht.
previously won cycling's biggest prize in 2007 and 2009 as well as the
Tour of Spain in 2008, 2012 and 2014 and the Tour of Italy in 2008.