Alberto Contador will ride for Trek-Segafredo next year
Spanish Grand Tour star Alberto Contador will head to Trek-Segafredo on a one-year contract, say sources close to the rider.
His contract with Tinkoff ends this year, but he would be unable to continue as the team is due to close. Contador rode for the team Tinkoff/Saxo Bank for the last six years.
The Spanish rider will join Trek-Segafredo with long-time helper Jesús Hernández, sports director Stephen De Jongh and mechanic Faustino Muñoz Cambron. Former cyclist and Tinkoff’s new sports director, Ivan Basso could also join the American WorldTour team managed by Italian Luca Guercilena.
Contador and his agent, his brother Francisco, pushed for a two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo, but sources say the team only offered the 33-year-old from Madrid outskirts a one-year contract.
Guercilena would not comment on the existence of a new contract with Contador. UCI rules would prohibit him to do so as riders may not officially sign rider for the new season until August 1.
Trek-Segafredo are set to sign also John Degenkolb for 2017 with Koen de Kort set to join the German and leave Giant-Alpecin at the end of the season.