Contador confirms 2016 will almost certainly be his final season

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Reasserting his plans to hang up his wheels at the end of next season, Alberto Contador has said that only a mishap will entice him to keep racing professionally beyond that point.

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider was speaking in Milan on Friday at the unveiling of the new main sponsors for the Alberto Contador Foundation team, RH+ and Polartec, who will back the under 23 and junior teams for the next three years.

“Unless I suffer a fall like that of 2014 or if I start my own project in the very short term, my idea is still finish at the end of next season,” he stated.

Contador turned professional with the ONCE team in 2003 and has also raced with the Discovery Channel, Astana and Saxo Bank/Tinkoff-Saxo teams.

He has won two Tours de France, two editions of the Giro d’Italia and three Vueltas. He has also taken a range of other wins in shorter stage races.

He tried to do the Giro/Tour double this season but, after winning the first of those races, came up short in the French event and finished back in fifth place. He ended his season, apart from some criteriums, but has made clear that he wants to go out on top in 2016.

“Next year the main focus will be the Tour and, after it, I will decide the rest. It is true that the course of the Olympics is very hard and if all goes well I would like to join the Spanish team,” he said.

He wouldn’t rule out riding one last Vuelta, but said that no decision would be made at this point.

“It’s still too early to talk about it, but the Tour is a race that I always want to ride.”

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