A guide to the Tour de France
25th April 2016
Alberto Contador at the team presentation, Tour de France 2014, photo by HedgehogCycling
Alberto Contador says that the only reason he is taking part in the Tour de France 2016 is to fight for overall victory. NOS.nl reports an interview with the Spanish rider by Belgian sports TV channel Sporza.
Contador told Sporza that he has trained very hard, and feels in top form. 'I'm fitter than ever, and mentally, I've never felt so good. If I thought I couldn't win the Tour de France, I wouldn't have been motivated to train so hard.'
On the question of motorised doping, he said, 'I can't imagine that a top-level bike racer would be so crazy as to use a motor. Certainly not in the top races. If you used a hidden motor, you'd be caught immediately. My bike was checked in 2010. If someone nevertheless uses a hidden motor, they should be thrown out of the competition. That rider should be banned for life.'
Contador had previously announced that he would stop riding at the end of the season, but he has now changed his mind. 'I enjoy the races, and racing is what I love doing. Bike racing takes up most of my time, so that I don't have time for much else. But I'll have time for other things after my career. For now, I'm enjoying every moment of every day on my bike. When I stop racing, I'll have to leave all that behind.'
Meanwhile, Contador is busy looking into setting up his own team, and is in talks with potential sponsors. 'If I set up a team, it has to compete at the highest level. We need a big budget, so that we can take part in the Tour. With me as a rider.'
The 2016 Tour de France begins at Mont St Michel, in the Manche département of France.
The Tour de France 2016 route was announced. It tackles the Pyrenees before the Alps, which could help Chris Froome. There are 9 flat stages, 1 hilly stage, 9 mountain stages, and 2 individual time trials. Read more about the Tour de France 2016 route anouncement.
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