Tour de France Winner Leaving Astana Team

alberto contadorThe recently crowned winner of the 2010 Tour de France has stated that he will be leaving his current team when the current season ends.

The announcement came after Alberto Contador, 27, rejected a contract extension from teamĀ Astana.

The spokesman for Contador said that offers for him were not far from each other, but Astana wanted to know immediately whether or not he would renew his contract. The cyclist then rejected the ultimatum of Astana. The spokesman concluded by saying, “After winning the 2010 Tour de France, Alberto Contador wants to have time to calmly explore all possibilities available to him to ride during the coming seasons, but so far none has been excluded.”

Contador successfully defended his Tour de France title. The first of his three wins at the Tour de France was in 2007. In 2008, he won the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana, thus he became the fifth man to win all three Grand Tours of Cycling. He is the first Spaniard to do so, the youngest at 25 and the fastest to achieve it (15 months).