Contador showed off his new children’s book, Querer es Poder (Where there’s a will, there’s a way) on Monday, but the story of where he’ll be racing in 2010 is yet to be finished.
At a book signing in Madrid at a school he studied in as a child, Contador said nothing is finalized for 2010.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to be able to tell you in what team I will race next year, but nothing is decided and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where I will go,Ã¢â‚¬Â Contador said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are various teams interested and we are studying the different offers, but we still have to get out of the contract that ties me to Astana, which doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t conclude until December 2010.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Contador’s 3-year agreement with Astana has no buy-out option, but he said he hopes they can amicably come to an agreement to let him out of the contract. Ã‚Â He may not have to worry about it too much, though, as UCI’s president Pat McQuaid that Astana needs to meet certain financial and legal requirements quickly, they risk losing their ProTour license. Ã‚Â That would free Contador to look elsewhere, and likely crush the hopes and dreams of Alexander Vinokourov’s comeback attempt.
McQuaid has said that he’s met with Kazakh officials and that they claim a prominent business person is willing to step in and guarantee the financial obligations. Ã‚Â If so, and the UCI goes along with it, Contador would be legally bound to ride on the team. Ã‚Â Astana doesn’t seem to keen on letting the Tour de France winner go since Armstrong already quit to form Team Radio Shack with Johan Bruyneel.