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Alonso eyes cycling team with Contador

Alonso eyes cycling team with Contador
Teaming up with Tour de France winner for new venture
13/07/09 17:26

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Something new for the double world champion
Fernando Alonso wants to set up a professional cycling team, according to Italian and Spanish reports on Monday.

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport, as well as the Spanish sports newspaper Marca, claim the Spanish champion is keen to establish a team in time for next season.

Alonso reportedly wants 2007 Tour de France winner Alberto Contador, who currently rides for the top outfit Astana, to front the team, to be backed by the 2010 Ferrari sponsor Santander.

Alonso is a cycling enthusiast, training in the recent winter period with fellow Spaniard and 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre's Cervelo team.


Alonso also watched the beginning of this year's Tour in Monaco and followed the stage in a chase car, and reportedly held talks there about his plans with Contador.

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Cool, I'm watching the tour on the other computer.

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I never rode at a level close to those guys, but I participated in bicycle races in Germany, Holland, and Belgium from the age of 14. Best was second in my State and age grouping.
Many years ago, my parents took me (at 15) to spend three weeks in San Remo, Italy.
I had taken my racing bike, and on the second day cycled from San Remo to Alassio. Catching a draft behind the bus, I met and hooked up with two Italian professional cyclists.
From then on, my two new friends would come every second day by the hotel at 6:30 AM, and we would cycle along the Corniche, into France, through Monaco, and back into France.
We passed through Bordighera, Ventimiglia, Menton, Roquebrune, Monte Carlo, Villefranche, and Nice, where we would eat / rest, before making the trip in reverse.
Twice we took the long way through the mountains, along the steep old salt road between Nice and Ventimiglia, the most challenging ride I have ever been on.
We didn't have to stop even once crossing borders. My cyclist friends were well known, and the officials at the borders we crossed would stop all cars, lift the barrier, and wave us through.
The whole trip was a great experience, and compared to today, those were much more innocent times.
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Sounds like you had a pretty good time.

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