By Agence France Presse
Patrick Lefevere, the general manager of QuickStep, said Tuesday he is in “constant contact” with Alberto Contador, discussing the possibility that the Tour de France winner might ride for the team in 2010.
“For now we are waiting,” Lefevere told the Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. “We really have to see if the Union Cycliste Internationale takes any action on the ProTour license of the Astana team. If the team’s license is revoked, there is a good possibility that we can recruit Contador.”
Contador, now a winner of four grand tours, is under contract with Astana until the end of 2010, but the Spaniard has expressed reluctance to stay with the team and said he has doubts about the team’s management.
Contador said last week that he’s been speaking with the management of the Garmin-Slipstream team, as well as Caisse d’Epargne and QuickStep.
“Discussions with Contador are serious,” said Lefevere. “I have had two serious conversations with his manager and I have twice spoken with Contador, most recently last Friday.”
“For a rider of that level, any sponsor would be willing to make a big effort,” he said. “At this point, I am leaving five openings on the team, just in case I can sign him and leave him spots to bring on riders of his choice, too.”