LONDON, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider, Alberto Contador, believes this year's Tour de France, will be one of the most competitive races in its history, with Britain emerging as a "major force in cycling".
In an exclusive interview with Saxo Capital Markets UK, the multi-asset online trading and investment specialist, Contador said: "There are several British riders who are competing at the highest level, both sprinters and riders for major tours. My main rival in this year's Tour de France will be Chris Froome."
Despite Froome's victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné on Sunday, Contador revealed he had no plans to change his tactics and was expected to save his energy for the Tour de France. The two-time Tour de France winner commented on his satisfaction with the race:
"I'm happy because the sensations are very good regardless of the result. I've mostly been focusing on getting stronger and I'm very happy with my present form. I will be in top condition for the Tour de France."
In an illustrative infographic, Saxo has tracked the history of the two cyclists, their performance and victories in professional cycling over the last ten years: http://uk.saxomarkets.com/fx-debates/tour-de-france-2013-infographic-contador-froome
Speaking about his progress over this period, Contador believes cycling has witnessed significant technological advances, which has revolutionised the way riders train and race. He says: "The main difference is the change to training by watts, whereas before it was all based on the heart rate. We could see further progress in this area in a few years, but this will depend largely on whether the International Cycling Union will allow innovations in materials and techniques, such as prostheses which improves aerodynamics, to be introduced."
At a time when his native Spain sinks deeper into recession, Contador believes cycling offers plenty of social benefits. "Sport is a good way to escape from everyday problems. It is an important way for people to feel a part of the wider community and increase national pride," he says.
Contador renewed his commitment to cycling, saying he planned to compete in the sport for at least another five years before making a decision on this next challenge.
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