Contador eyes Tour-Olympics double in 2016


Tinkoff team leader Alberto Contador is eyeing a Tour de France-Olympic Games double to sign off his cycling career in style at the end of 2016.

The 32-year-old Spaniard has again hinted next season could be his last, however he wants to retire from the sport as a winner, so he could cycle on for another year.

Contador has won two Tour titles, the Giro d'Italia twice and the Vuelta a Espana on three occasions during his illustrious career. However, he wants more before stepping away from the sport.

"I want to finish my career at the top level - if possible winning the Tour," he told The Guardian. 

"I think 2016 will be my last year - but if I have an accident or something stops me being at my best level at the Tour then maybe I'll continue another year. 

"It would be perfect to win the Tour, do the Olympics and end happily."

After his success at the 2015 Giro, Contador was tipped to do the double at the Tour but he was unable to compete with the power of Chris Froome - Contador eventually finishing fifth behind the Briton.

He expects to be competing with the Team Sky rider in next year's race, and predicts Movistar's Nairo Quintana will also be a contender.

He added: "If you look at the 2016 Tour route the flat time trial will be better for Froome. 

"But the other time trial will be a climbing one and that's better for me. 

"This year Froome was at a higher level than anyone - but maybe Quintana will come to this level. 

"His evolution is good and so, as my main rivals, I'd put Quintana and Froome at the same level for next year."