Astana to ride Specialized for 2010

Alberto Contador and his Astana teammates will be riding Specialized bicycles as he strives to win a third Tour de France title in 2010.

“It is very important to have the best if you want to win the Tour de France. This is why I made it a requirement to have Specialized as the team bike for my return to Astana,” said Contador during a video conference with the company’s founder and president, Mike Sinyard.

Chief brand officer Ben Capron said Specialized was “totally committed to supporting Alberto and the rest of the team in their pursuit of another Tour victory.”

“Winning the Tour has been a dream of ours for many years, but even more important is the opportunity to work with riders like Contador and (Alexander) Vinokourov to help us create the best bikes possible and bring them to riders everywhere.”

Contador in the new Astana kit
Contador in the new Astana kit

In other news regarding Contador, the reigning Tour de France champ has said that he will kick off his 2010 season with Portugal’s Tour de Algarve in mid-February.

“Last year I liked the race and I think it’s ideal to start the season,” said Contador, who also won the Portuguese race last year. “After that, I’ll go to the Paris-Nice (beginning of March) where we’ll be mainly looking to work on a team level, concentrating on tactics and coordination.”

“In 2009 I won at Algarve, but this year I’m going to take it relatively easy, although I always like to be good at racing and I want to start,” he added

Contador, winner of the Tour de France winner in 2007 and 2009, said that he was also planning to compete in the Tour of Catalonia from March 22-28 and the Tour of the Basque Country from April 5-10.