Madrid - Two-time
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will join US team Trek-Segafredo
next year from current side Tinkoff as he targets a hat-trick in
cycling's most prestigious race.
"I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me.
Trek-Segafredo is a very attractive and ambitious project that really
inspires me," the Spaniard said in a statement released by
Trek-Segafredo on Thursday announcing the signing.
"I had some excellent conversations with the team management and we
have a lot of goals and priorities in common. The big objective is to
try and win the most important races on the calendar - first and
foremost the Tour de France."
A Trek-Segafredo spokesperson said Contador - once banned for doping - had a contract from January 2017 until the end of 2018.
Contador, who won cycling's showpiece race in 2007 and 2009, had made
the Tour de France his main goal of the season, skipping the Giro to
focus on the Tour this summer.
But he was forced to quit cycling's most famous race in the ninth
stage after crashing on both of the opening two stages, suffering
injuries including down his right side.
Contador won the Vuelta in 2008, 2012 and 2014 but a fall and severe
grazing down one side of his body hampered his form in this year's
edition, which was won by Colombia's Nairo Quintana.
He was stripped of the 2010 Tour title and suspended for two years
after testing positive for the banned steroid clenbuterol in the final
week of the race.
A move to Trek-Segafredo may put Contador back in contention next
year, but at 33 and having missed out on a Grand Tour for the first time
in three years, it will be a huge feat if he adds to his Grand Tour
"The sporting side was the key point in my decision. This team is
focused on performance and there's a really strong group of riders with
experience in all kinds of terrain, not only the mountains," Contador
"I like that it's such an open, international group of riders. I am
convinced that this team can provide me with the best structure and
bring me in the best conditions to the races. I race to win, and I am
determined to get intensely invested in this team."
Trek-Segafredo general manager Luca Guercilena said he believed his
side will be "stronger and all-around better and broader" with Contador.
"Alberto is a formidable rider and a real fighter. He's a champion.
There is really no one like Alberto in the current peloton and we are
very happy to welcome him to the team," Guercilena said.
Contador's trusted team-mate from 2000 to 2005 and from 2009 to present, Jesus Hernandez, is also joining Trek-Segafredo.