Alberto Contador Threatens to boycott 2013 Tour de France

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11/27/2012| 1 comment
by Mark Watson
Alberto Contador is threatening Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) Fotoreporter Sirotti

Alberto Contador Threatens to boycott 2013 Tour de France

Alberto Contador says he will boycott the 2013 Tour de France if Bjarne Riis' Saxo-Tinkoff Team isn't granted a WorldTour license for the 2013 season.

By making this bold threat the Denmark-based cycling team is entering the current fight for the final available WorldTour license with strong force. An offensive strategy which may backfire since Tour de France organizer Amaury Sport Organisation is known to not take kindly to threats. The WorldTour exclusion or inclusion decision, however, is made by the UCI.

If Team Saxo-Tinkoff is not granted a WorldTour license the team's Tour de France participation will be dependent on the team receiving a wild card invitation from the French organizer A.S.O.

"I want a 100% firm guarantee that Saxo-Tinkoff is taking part in the 2013 Tour. If I am to receive such a decision two months before the Tour start I am not taking part in the Tour," Contador told French TV station France2.

I have to prepare properly to be able to win the Tour de France. If I don't have time enough for both myself and other team members to carry out the proper training needed in the months leading up to the Tour, then I am not riding the Tour," Contador adds.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff is lacking the WorldTour points needed to ensure inclusion in the WorldTour because Alberto Contador's WorldTour points are not included in the team's total points sum because of the Spanish rider's doping conviction.

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The French love a good fight, but always cave in when it comes to war, they don't have the stomach for it. And with the damage the doping scandal has done to professional cycling, there is a real fear that the attendance at the TDF will be severely reduced in 2013. So I see team Saxo-Tinkoff getting the invite from A.S.O. very early, to keep Alberto in and the spectators coming. Is there much doubt that Alberto is the best rider currently in the saddle.