Contador could race on with his own team in 2017

During Monday’s presentation of his Foundation teams in his home town of Pinto, Contador confirmed he is mulling over plans to create his own professional team in 2017 from his Foundation set-up, and did not rule out himself out as a potential team leader for one extra season.

“I have two options in my head: One is to carry on if I suffer a mishap at the Tour, as I did in 2014, and the other is to launch a professional team,” Contador explained to the Spanish media, admitting the chances of him racing in 2017.

The second option, the Spaniard said, was “complicated” and involved a “very high budget” of around 15 million euros for a team to compete at WorldTour level. His Tinkoff team will lose its title sponsor at the end of 2016.

Contador, who was stripped of the 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro titles over a failed anti-doping test, said he would only consider racing for the team should it be competitive at the Tour.

“If it couldn’t support me at the highest level, it’s maybe not so interesting for me,” the Spaniard said, also praising the 2016 Team Sky line-up built around British arch-rival Chris Froome. “No other team is at their level,” he said. “They can just about send out two full teams for the Tour de France.”