Riding legend Contador has announced he won’t be taking part in his squad boss’ Triple Grand Tour 1 million Euros incentive as he has planned to race at just Tour France and Giro Italia out of 3 Grand Tours the coming season.
Oleg Tinkoff’s Triple Grand Tour incentive idea seemed almost next to impossible the very moment he forwarded his proposition to Alberto Contador, 2013 Tour France champion Chris Froome from Team Sky, Giro Italia hero Nairo Quintana & the reigning Tour France champion Vincenzo Nibali.
Nibali ruled out Tinkoff’s idea almost immediately while Froome placed a huge question mark regarding his participation in Tour France 2015 the moment the tour route was declared given absence of the time trials. The famous Team Sky rider remarked that he is on for Vuelta Espana and Giro Italia next year but would miss out on Tour France.
Thus, the Triple Grand Tour Challenge is on hold at present, especially after Tinkoff-Saxo’s Vuelta 2014 champion Contador declared to bypass the home race in the coming 2015 campaign, despite participation in French and Italian grand tours. The iconic Spaniard rider stressed that a back-to-back ride from Giro & Tour might limit his caliber while the peloton marches off right from Utrecht next July.
“The plan that I have on paper is to race at Giro & Tour France & I feel that would be quite tough challenge”, stated Contador while speaking about his next year Grand Tour plans. “I understand that Giro & Tour back-to-back might undermine my very options at the Tour yet Giro Italia is some race which inspires me & such a championship that I like immensely.”
According to experts, if Oleg Tinkoff’s idea is to transform in reality, the overall distance covered in the 3 Grand Tours have to be reduced.