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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI amends WorldTour rules for teams, events; Callum Skinner: ‘TUEs distracting from issue of doping’; Kiwi Dion Smith replaces Westra on Wanty Groupe-Gobert; Contador on retirement: ‘race to race and year to year to decide my future’; Many top Dutch riders skipping Amstel Gold Race; Boeckmans honoured at Vuelta presentation; Mathieu van der Poel to miss Sunday’s World Cup; Tickets flying out the door for Cyclocross Worlds; Study finds ‘weekend warriors’ have similar mortality risk as more frequent exercisers; Video: Axeon Hagens Berman team camp; Video: Lossless TV.
While former Tour de France champion Alberto Contador had talked about retiring at the end of 2016, he instead signed with the Trek-Segafredo team to continue racing in 2017. He recently told Spanish sports daily Marca that he has not set plan on when to retire.
“I want to go race to race and year to year to decide my future,” he said. “I want to enjoy and maintain the passion and for the moment and all that it is.
“The right moment has to come [to retire]. I know that it was a great surprise that I decided to continue, but it was not scheduled. So I meditated, I consulted with my closest friends. I decided [to continue] and since then I have not put a deadline.”
Contador reiterated his goal of racing well at the Tour de France, and that he hopes to have an untroubled preparation for it when racing the Criterium du Dauphiné.
“You have to be [at the Dauphiné], but it’s a test that consumes a lot of energy and at that moment the objective must be on that. I want to take the demanding Dauphiné calmy. Then I will get ready to race the Tour and then see what happens.”
Click through to read more at Marca.