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Alberto Contador confirmed to join Trek-Segafredo for 2017

The Spaniard will link up with the team for next year after his Tinkoff team folds

Alberto Contador Confirmed To Join Trek-Segafredo For 2017

Alberto Contador. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Spanish Grand Tour champion Alberto Contador1 will ride in the black and white colours of Trek-Segafredo2 for 2017 with the aim of winning the Tour de France3. The deal happened this summer and made the surface during the Tour de France4. Today, however, the American WorldTour team confirmed the one-year contract with two-time Tour champion. Contador also counts two Giro d Italia titles and three titles from the Vuelta a Espa a.

>>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour5

I am thrilled about the opportunity that is in front of me, said Contador. 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.

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.

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. Contador just fought his way to fourth overall in the Vuelta a Espa a6 behind winner Nairo Quintana7 (Movistar) despite crashing early on. His aggressiveness helped form one of the race s key moves in stage 15 to Formigal8. Quintana rode clear with Contador and put 2-43 minutes into Team Sky s Chris Froome9.

In the peloton, Contador is known as a fighter. Even Froome admitted that the Tour de France this year lost some of its excitement when Contador had to abandon early due to crashes.



Trek-Segafredo now has a bonafide Tour de France contender for the first time since Fr nk and Andy Schleck were at their best.

Alberto is a formidable rider and a real fighter, General Manager Luca Guercilena said. 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. With Alberto, I believe we are taking the next step in developing our team. Next year, we ll be stronger and all-around better and broader. Contador raced the last six years with Saxo Bank/Tinkoff.

He is leaving team Tinkoff this season partly because its owner Oleg Tinkov decided to turn his back on cycling. Sports director Steven De Jongh and team-mate Jes s Hern ndez will also switch from Tinkoff to Trek-Segafredo with Contador.

I am really happy to come back to Trek because I also rode a Trek bike in 2009, Hern ndez added. Alberto is like my brother and coming back with him to the Trek family is really something special. It means a lot to me. Contador rode Trek bicycles to his two Tour wins with Discovery Channel and Astana.

His contract value is closely guarded, but it should be in the ballpark of ‘ 2 to ‘ 3 million. Mechanic Faustino Mu oz Cambron and Tinkoff sports director Ivan Basso reportedly will also join Trek-Segafredo from team Tinkoff. Trek-Segafredo will have a different feel next season.

Bauke Mollema will stay after riding to seventh in this year s Tour de France, but classics star Fabian Cancellara10 is retiring after winning the gold medal11 in the Olympic time trial this summer.

Milan-San Remo12 and Paris-Roubaix13 winner John Degenkolb14 will lead the team in the classics after joining from Giant-Alpecin15 and, with the team s confirmation today, Contador will do the same in the tours.

References

  1. ^ Alberto Contador (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Trek-Segafredo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ made the surface during the Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Cycling transfers 2017: All the ins and outs from the WorldTour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ stage 15 to Formigal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ winning the gold medal (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Paris-Roubaix (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ John Degenkolb (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ after joining from Giant-Alpecin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Five talking points from stage 17 of the Vuelta a España

Nairo Quintana tried to seal the Vuelta a Espa a title on stage 17 but a huge effort by Chris Froome meant the Sky man is still in contention

Chris Froome still has a slim chance

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Chris Froome on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Nairo Quintana1 almost delivered the knockout blow to Chris Froome2 on stage 17, but the Team Sky man s glass jaw ensured he stayed in (distant) contention for the Vuelta a Espa a3 title. We re seeing the complete opposite Quintana to the one we saw at the Tour de France in July4. Here he is relentlessly throwing down attacks on the key climbs to put his rivals under pressure. Froome, like Quintana at the Tour, couldn t contend with the Colombian s change of pace on Wednesday s stage5 aided by Alberto Contador and Esteban Chaves, who started the elite move.

But unlike Quintana in France, Froome managed to work his way back up to the small group and ensure he lost no more time on the Movistar6 man. Three-and-a-half minutes is a big deficit to have with so few stages left, but as we saw at the Giro d Italia in May7, anything can happen between now and Madrid on Sunday. Friday s time trial should see Froome gain some time back on Quintana, but not enough to overhaul him in the standings, meaning the battle will go down to Saturday s final summit finish.

This Vuelta doesn t get any easier

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Nairo Quintana on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

The Vuelta a Espa a is tough every year, but this year the route seems even more unrelenting8 than usual. So much so that you wouldn t have been surprised if the organisers just cancelled the second rest day on Tuesday and forced the riders to climb a few mountains instead. For the most part, stage 17 wasn t so tough. The peloton let the breakaway go and the pace wasn t the highest we ve seen in the race. But when you saw what was coming at the end you d forgive the riders for taking it a little easy.

The final climb was only four kilometres in length9, but with gradients rarely dropping below 15 per cent it was enough to sort the contenders from the pretenders.

It was a typically Spanish climb incredibly steep, narrow and on a road of debatable quality. Robert Gesink, third on the stage, actually went out and climbed it on Tuesday s rest day, setting the Strava KOM up it in the process. His practise paid off, as he got in the breakaway and made the podium on the climb.

IAM Cycling s dream final season continues

Before this season, IAM Cycling10 were very much the hangers-on in the WorldTour. The ones who were at every race but were never really any threat to win anything big.

Such a reputation and lack of results inevitably meant their sponsors decided to pull their backing and the announcement that the team was going to fold was made midway through the Giro in May11. The very next day, Roger Kluge sprinted to a surprise victory12 to take IAM s very first Grand Tour stage win. That in itself would constitute a good season for one of the smaller teams in the WorldTour, but they weren t done there.

Jarlinson Pantano doubled that tally13 with a great win at the Tour de France and they ve now added two more at the Vuelta a Espa a14. Only four other teams have won stages at all three Grand Tours this year, with IAM joining Etixx-Quick Step (nine overall), Team Sky (four), Orica-GreenEdge (four) and Movistar (three) in the elite group. And we re not done yet can they win another stage between now and Sunday?

Konig is putting himself in the shop window

Ignore Sunday s horrorshow15 and Leopold Konig has had a very impressive Vuelta a Espa a.

Until that fateful stage the Czech rider sat fifth overall, slipping to 31st by finishing second to last on Sunday. After the rest day, though, Konig was allowed to get out in the breakaway and didn t disappoint his Sky team, finishing second on the climb. Konig appears to still be without a contract for the 2017 season, with Team Sky16 seemingly willing to let the climber go after injuries restricted him to less than 30 days of racing before the Vuelta.

Performances like this will do his stock no harm, especially if a team is searching for a reliable GC contender in the three-week races, although places on WorldTour teams are few and far between this late in the season.

Contador wants that podium place

Five Talking Points From Stage 17 Of The Vuelta A España

Alberto Contador attacks on stage 17 of the Vuelta a Espa a (Watson)

Of the things we ll miss when Alberto Contador retires, the Spaniard s relentless desire to attack will be very high on the list. His chances of winning the Vuelta are pretty much gone, but Contador is still lighting up the races trying to move himself into a podium place. In this day and age of GC contenders waiting until the final kilometres of the final climb to eek out a handful of seconds in a three-week war of attrition, it s refreshing to see Contador holding on to the old-school attacking mentality.

He s shown already in this race that he s willing to attack from anywhere to shake up the peloton, going from right at the start of stage 15 to really blow the race apart. And it was Contador to make the first move again on the final climb of stage 17. Movistar swamped the front of the peloton to try and block any potential attackers on the narrow road, but the elusive Contador found his way through and up the road.

While he didn t make it alone, his move set up the four-way battle between himself, Quintana, Chaves and Froome that brought the end of the stage to life.

References

  1. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ the one we saw at the Tour de France in July (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ change of pace on Wednesday s stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Movistar (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ we saw at the Giro d Italia in May (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ but this year the route seems even more unrelenting (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ The final climb was only four kilometres in length (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ IAM Cycling (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ midway through the Giro in May (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ Roger Kluge sprinted to a surprise victory (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ Jarlinson Pantano doubled that tally (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ now added two more at the Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  15. ^ Ignore Sunday s horrorshow (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  16. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

WIN a place on Contador’s training camp with Polartec

This is your chance to ride with multiple-Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador

WIN A Place On Contador’s Training Camp With Polartec

Credit: Matteo Zanga

Polartec is a relative newcomer on the cycling block. Have you noticed it popping up in gear near you? Sportful, Rapha, Castelli, rh+ are all using it. In fact, it s been around for over 100 years making, as it says, the impossible possible . And that s not just a throwaway line: it was Polartec that reinvented the way we dress in the 80s with its invention of fleece.

WIN A Place On Contador’s Training Camp With Polartec

You could win the chance to train with Alberto. Credit: Matteo Zanga

Today Polartec has many more technologies that are proving perfect for the cycling market. Is it possible to have clothing that adapts to your varying temperature while out training? With Polartec Alpha yes it is. So how do you get to try Polartec out for free? Well one way would be to enter Polartec s #FollowContador competition which launched on the August 29th.

Link your Strava account to the competition and cycle your way through 1000 km to be in with a chance to train with Alberto Contador from October 28th.

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And to keep you motivated there are numerous Polartec items to be won from gloves and beanies to jackets and tops. Just unlock the five badges as you work your way through the training programme and you could get lucky. The big prize training with Contador and his Junior and Under 23 Team rh+ Polartec Foundation Contador will be a money-can t-buy prize.

WIN A Place On Contador’s Training Camp With Polartec

The winner will train with Contador s development squad. Credit: Alessandro Trovati

Riding in the company of some of the world s greatest riders and having access to some of the most sophisticated training and nutritional advice will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Want a snapshot of what it would be like to cycle with some of the world s biggest up and coming talents?

You could find out first hand: try your luck and sign up here.1

Good luck!

References

  1. ^ sign up here. (www.followcontador.com)