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by Mark Zalewski
November 1, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Toon Aerts, Thalita de Jong claim European cyclocross titles; Hyde, Compton win Pan-American cyclocross championships; Graeme Brown on retirement: ‘I’m going out of the sport the way I came in and that’s swinging!’; New team for Contador, same foe for Tour; Esteban Chaves racing Giro instead of Tour; Valverde still seeking key wins before retiring; Helen Wyman out with broken collarbone; Wiggins hints at not retiring after 2016; Cookson supports six day event resurgence; Bernie Sulzberger on KOM podium in last UCI race; Steve Bauer joins BMC as director of VIP services; London Six Day highlights; Keagan Girdlestone back on the road!
Alberto Contador had a rough final season with the Tinkoff team, abandoning the Tour de France after suffering from crashes and illness. Even though he is moving to a new team in 2017 with Trek-Segafredo, he says the obstacle to overcome in winning the Tour de France for a third time remains the same — Team Sky.
“Sky have a budget of over 35 million euros,” Contador said. “It’s difficult to compete under those conditions.
“They could put together two or three teams of a great level for the Tour. But we are doing a great job in ensuring we arrive to the Tour at our best level.”
Still, the Spaniard is aiming for the Tour podium again next season, and hopes his new team will give him the support needed to take on Sky and the other top teams.
“The Tour is the big aim and I’m going to work very hard to win. There are other teams that are stronger and have bigger budgets than ours, but we are going to work hard to be a powerful team and to be able to compete against the best.”
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