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Three-time champion Alberto Contador joins team Saxo bank

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-08-03

Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (pictured) has joined the Saxo Bank team, Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis announced Tuesday

AFP - Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain has signed a two-year contract with Danish cyclist Bjarne Riis's team, sponsored by SaxoBank-Sungard, Riis announced on Tuesday.

"Alberto (Contador) is a world class rider and it's with great pride that I can welcome him onboard the team for the next two years," Riis said in a statement.

"With three Tour de France victories on his resume and a position as number one on the world rankings, he is sure to stay at the very top for several years to come."

Riis added: "Alberto will get a solid, strong and loyal team around him to support him in all terrains and I'm sure that this will be a fruitful alliance."

The 27-year-old Contador, who will leave the Astana team at the end of the season, said he was "very happy and excited about signing a two-year contract with Riis Cycling."

"Historically, Riis Cycling has always been successful and together we will have the ability to play a very important role in the world of cycling in the years to come," he added.

Contador, who won cycling's premier event in 2007, 2009 and 2010, is the ninth cyclist to win the Tour de France at least three times.
 

Date created : 2010-08-03

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