The retired El Pistolero admitted in an interview for La Gazzetta dello Sport that he misses the taste of competition as he is a born racer. There are, however, some things he wasn’t fond of in his pro racing days. The Spaniard’s Grand Tour runs were affected by several crashes, such as the three collisions in the opening week of the 2011 Grande Boucle. Nevertheless, Contador managed to win 7 Grand Tours in total. So, it’s no surprise that the Spanish paper was after his thought on this year’s possible winners.

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“Yes, he can,” Contador said after being asked if Froome can win a fifth Tour title. “He has it in his legs as well as having a team like Sky that I imagine will be by his side after Thomas took good advantage of his chance last year. Chris has many possibilities.”

As Froome is skipping Giro this year to focus solely on the Tour de France, the Italian Grand Tour is up for grabs to the rest of Team Sky. So, who is going to be the British team’s leader? Contador favours Bernal over Thomas.

“For me he [Bernal] is truly strong! His potential and capacity are scary.”

Would El Pistolero fancy throwing his hat into the ring once more? Surprisingly, no.

“I left in the perfect moment. Still on top. I keep great memories even from the last days. I could have continued for two or three years. I had good options… But projects in personal life, like that of becoming a father, demanded their space.”

However, he didn’t abandon the sport altogether. He manages a cycling team in his spare time and frequently goes on television to commentate on big races.

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