By Andrew Hood
Alberto Contador doesn’t have a home for 2010, but he’s not worried about it, at least not yet.
The two-time Tour de France champ says he methodically considering his options as he looks to secure his future following a tension-filled run at Astana this season.
“I have various possibilities, and some of them are quite attractive, and I am analyzing them with without a great deal of stress at this point,” Contador told the Spanish wire service EFE. “The offers might be abundant, but firm offers there aren’t so many.”
Contador talked about his options as he looks ahead to 2010 and beyond. He still has one year remaining on his contract with Astana, but he has indicated he’d like to move to a team that “knows the attitude to work for a leader.”
Among teams said to be interested in Contador include Garmin-Slipstream, Katusha and even Quick Step, but the most likely scenario could be his move to Spain-based, French-sponsored Caisse d’Epargne.
Caisse d’Epargne team manager Eusebio Unzue said this week he is searching for a second sponsor to have the money to sign Contador and some of the other riders and support staff that he’d like to bring with him.
Contador said option to join Caisse d’Epargne is “one of the most attractive.”
“Unzue has a lot of experience as a director,” Contador said. “It’s a team that knows what it takes to work for a leader and the offer, from a sporting point of view, is very interesting, so that’s why it’s important.”
Chances to form a new Spanish team with Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso seems unlikely at this point, but Contador said he’d be interested in working with him in the future.
“I get along great with Fernando and there can be a possibility to reach an agreement, but as time passes on, it gets more complicated,” he said. “There’s a chance that we can make our own team. If the project moves forward, I’d like that he’d be involved.”
Concerning the recent Tour and some tension with Lance Armstrong within the Astana team, Contador said he’s ready to move on.
“The Tour taught me how much pressure I am capable of withstanding. It was a difficult Tour, with a lot of complicated situations to resolve,” he said. “The team also wanted me to win, but from the marketing perspective with a new team, perhaps they would have liked that Lance won, but I don’t want to give that any more importance.”
Contador will not defend his title at the Vuelta a España, but is still considering the option to race the world championships in September.