Alberto Contador was delighted with the UCIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s confirmation of AstanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ProTour license, since he now knows for sure which team heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll ride for next year and can begin planning the season with high hopes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy with this solution because it was time to clarify my future. I had already reached a preliminary agreement with the team and everything depended on the license. Finally, just as we expected, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stay with Astana.Ã¢â‚¬Â
WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your opinion of AstanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team for 2010?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m very satisfied with the technical team because theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re doing very serious work and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s essential for everything. About the riders, I think that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have a good team, maybe not as powerful, especially in terms of big names, as some others whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to the Tour, but I have complete confidence in how weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll work and in the high motivation that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have in the Tour.
Is trust the fundamental value of this team?
Yes, absolutely. The key will be knowing how to motivate ourselves highly and that we all feel involved in the set goals. In order to have a good Tour, what matters most is the motivation to prepare ourselves in the best way possible.
Have you already decided on your calendar?
No, not yet, beyond knowing that the Tour de France will take precedence over everything else. I like to be doing well already at the beginning of the season, but this year I want to take it relatively calmly.
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