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Contador meets with Spanish Prime Minister

By:
Richard Tyler
Published:
July 30, 2009, 12:26 BST,
Updated:
July 30, 2009, 12:48 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, July 31, 2009
Race:
Tour de France, Stage 21
Alberto Contador meets Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Alberto Contador meets Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

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Two discuss Contador's hopes of new Spanish team

Alberto Contador met with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on Wednesday in Madrid as part of his post-Tour de France victory celebrations.  Contador said after the meting that he had discussed with Zapatero his hopes of forming a Spanish team in for 2010.

"I watched the final moments of several stages of the Tour and I have to say that you managed to get my pulse racing, as you did for many Spaniards," Zapatero told Contador, according AFP.

"He has no rival, even if that is hard to accept for some."  Zapatero appeared to make reference to Contador and teammate Lance Armstrong's tense relationship during and after the Tour.

Contador and Armstrong will part ways next season. Armstrong announced the formation of new team RadioShack for next season during the Tour. The team will likely to draw a number of key riders from Astana, but Contador will likely move to another team.

"I am not only looking at the salary, but also the sporting aspect," said Contador.

"Staying with Astana is no longer likely. Creating a new Spanish team would be ideal and I have also spoken about this with Zapatero."

Contador won the Tour de France twice, 2009 and 2007. He missed the 2008 edition, but he raced and won the two other Grand Tours: the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España.

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