Few details need ironing out ahead of new contract as Spanish star stays put

Alberto Contador’s brother Fran, who also acts as the defending Tour de France champion’s agent, has revealed that the cyclist is likely to remain with Astana for the 2011 season, with just some minor details needing to be ironed out ahead of a new two or three year contract.

Should the contract be signed, it would bring to an end months of speculation about Contador’s future. Last November, when Astana was awarded its ProTour license for 2010, the cyclist said that he planned to see out the final year of his contract with the Kazakh team, meaning that he would become a free agent at the end of the season.

Although his brother told the Spanish magazine Biciclismo that discussions had been held with other teams about the possibility of Contador joining them, he maintained that for now, “the most likely option” is that he would remain with Astana.

He added that “the sponsors are very interested in continuing with this project and make the best team around Alberto.”

The news comes ahead of a big weekend for Contador, who currently lies ninth in the general classification, with the Tour de France entering the Alps and his defence of the title he won for the second time last year beginning in earnest.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.