Contador joining Saxo Bank

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador has decided to join the Saxo Bank cycling team.

The Spaniard, who left the Astana team shortly after winning this year's Tour de France last month, has signed a two-year contract with Saxo Bank.

"Alberto is a world class rider and it's with great pride that I can welcome him onboard the team for the next two years," said team owner Bjarne Riis. "With three Tour de France victories on his resume and a position as number one on the world rankings, he is sure to stay at the very top for several years to come. Alberto will get a solid, strong and loyal team around him to support him in all terrains and I'm sure that this will be a fruitful alliance."

Contador will become the new leader of the Saxo Bank team after Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, the Tour de France runner-up to Contador each of the last two years, decided to leave the team last week.

"I'm very happy and excited about signing a two-year contract with Riis Cycling," Contador stated. "With the unique philosophy and team spirit the team offers I'm ensured solid support from the sponsors, administration and staff of riders that I'm looking forward to becoming a part of myself. Historically, Riis Cycling has always been successful and together, we will have the ability to play a very important role in the world of cycling in the years to come."

Riis also announced that the Saxo Bank team will have a co-sponsor, as Pennsylvania-based software and technology service company SunGard has come aboard for the next two years. The team will be called Saxo Bank-SunGard Professional Cycling Team.


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