The agreement reached by both sides includes a number of prerequisites in order for Contador to continue with Astana during the 2010 season. Essentially, they are:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The team retains its ProTour license
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Strictly complies with the code of ethics
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Maintain an internal doping control system that will be implemented by the new leadership of the team
Contador decided to fulfill this agreement with Astana once he found that both Yvon Sanquer, the new team manager, and Giuseppe Martinelli, primary director sportif, ensure the reliability and competitiveness of AstanaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new project, since they have managed to gather, despite the short time span, a group of high-quality riders who are sure to be capable of successfully facing next seasonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s goals.
The contract to be signed will be for one year only. Since it is a new project for Astana, Alberto Contador wants to reserve the option to decide about his future in the longer term, and be fully free to choose at the end of 2010.