Alberto Contador (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) is all ready to focus on both Tour de France and Giro d’Italia next cycling season. Bjarne Riis (Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank’s manager) has recently revealed that Contador wants to win both the grand tours in 2015.
The 2014 Vuelta a Espana was won by Alberto Contador. Contador had also been a part of the other two grand tours namely- Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in the year 2011. He had won Giro d’Italia but then in the Tour de France 2011 his performance was not up to the mark and he stood fifth in the overall standings.
Results related to both 2011 Giro d’Italia and 2011 Tour de France were declared to be void after Contador was charged of a serious doping offence. According to Bjarne Riis, Contador is again going to attempt to win both the tours next season.
Riis said that the team needs to win at least one grand tour and it either has to be Giro or Tour de France. But Contador is aiming to win both of them together.
Bjarne Riis is of the opinion that Contador requires a challenge that will truly motivate him. The team obviously needs cyclists who can challenge themselves continuously and make themselves better. Alberto Contador is one such rider who has dared to take such a bold decision of competing in two grand tours in the same cycling season.
Alberto Contador had to withdraw from the 2014 Tour de France because of a heavy crash. Chris Froome (Team Sky) also had to abandon the tour due to a severe crash. In the absence of Contador and Froome, Vincenzo Nibali (Team Astana) was able to win the 2014 Tour de France.
Along with Alberto Contador, Chris Froome is also focusing most of his attention to Tour de France 2015.