Contador and Guercilena set for further talks this weekend

Alberto Contador and Trek-Segafredo are set for further negotiations this weekend as both parties look to solidify a deal for 2018.

Contador finished ninth in this year’s Tour de France but failed to mount a genuine overall challenge after a run of crashes in the second week saw him drop out of contention. He rallied with a series of long-range breaks but missed out on rescuing his campaign with a stage win. He was expected to sign a contract extension with Trek-Segafredo on one of the race’s rest days, but talks were put off until after the race, with the rider and the team choosing to focus on results.

Contador signed for Trek-Segafredo at the start of the year. He initially agreed a one-year deal with the option of a second. The US-registered WorldTour team are keen for the Spaniard to re-sign and have told Cyclingnews that the delay is not down to hesitation on their part.

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“We’re having some days off at home now, but we’ll discuss things with Alberto over the weekend. I will talk to him over the phone. From there, we’ll see what direction things are moving in,” Trek Segafredo’s Luca Guercilena told Cyclingnews.

“He has the option with us for 2018, and our idea is to have him on board for next year, but it’s up to him to decide what he wants to do. Nothing is really expected to be finalised in the next few days though.”

Not looking for another team

Cyclingnews understands that Contador is not looking for another team, meaning that his hesitation to sign comes down to other factors. He is keen to make the Giro d’Italia is focus for 2018, while his participation in this year’s Vuelta a Espana – according to Guercilena – is not yet set in stone.

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