This is the smiling Alberto Contador, the post UCI 2.15.139, article 8.1.f Contador.
That’s the magic clause that states if team doesn’t have its act together by October 20th, the rider may terminate his contract “without notice or liability for damages.”
Yes, we see what the two time yellow jersey winner has been up to the last month when he said he was calm and relaxed. He got his teeth cleaned and whitened. He was in Hollywood for the full A-list, Brad & Angelina, glittering choppers make-over.
Alberto is giving us the Post Astana Grin.
Surely, this photo was taken this weekend at the Pinto bash for all this supporters as they celebrated his amazing Escape From Kazakhstan. It’s a post Vino world for el Pistelero and the man is counting the piles of money. Remember, Caisse d’Epargne is stuffed with Spanish riders and sponsored by a large and solvent bank.
In all the discussions of which team Alberto will sign with, consider this: who do you want signing your checks –a floor covering company (Quickstep), a company that makes GPS units (Garmin) or a powerful financial institution (Caisse d’Epargne)? Uhh, go with the bank.
“Of course I would like to race for a Spanish team and Caisse (d’Epargne) is incomparable, we will see what is going to happen,” said Contador, still tapping his feet to Orishas, his favorite new Cuban hip hip group.
Alberto did say something nice about Astana but it was such an obvious bargaining ploy to extract more dollars from his next team that nobody paid any attention except the bozos at Astana.
The Post Astana Grin was in full effect Monday. Nothing could top that for Alberto Contador except perhaps a “Radioshack-Just-Went-Out-Of-Business Grin.