Alberto Contador and colleagues think of ways to end Team Sky's domination
Feb 05 2019 07:42 am CET

Alberto Contador and colleagues think of ways to end Team Sky's domination
Alberto Contador and colleagues think of ways to end Team Sky's domination
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Alberto Contador and the staff of his teams Kometa have been thinking about the possibilities of making cycling more exciting and take away the domination of Team Sky.

Contador presented the three teams of Kometa: the junior, the U23 and the continental, in Oliva, in the east of Spain. There, the rider and his staff took a moment with the media to have talk beyond the three formations.

The winner of seven grand tours has been thinking about a more even playing field in cycling and one of his ideas is to limit the budgets like it is done in the NBA. "It isn't good for cycling that one team can sign the best riders of the market, to have as domestiques riders that could be leaders in other teams," said the rider to Spanish newspaper El Mundo.

"With that strategy of Sky, it gets very complicated to make tactics at the moment of trying to break the races."

The CEO of Kometa Giacomo Pedranzini takes his ideas one step beyond. "Cycling would be more beautiful with less technology, like the times of (Federico) Bahamontes," he explained. "We have to bet on the instincts of the riders. In 2016, Ivan Basso told me that cycling was dying and that something had to be done. I think the way is to recover the human part of cycling."

For Jesus Hernandez, former rider and current director of the continental team of Kometa, to ban certain technology from racing could be the way to go. "You can't go against the use of technology, but I wouldn't go against the ban of power meters in races and only use it during training.

"What doesn't make any sense is to ban the earpieces because, among other things, they keep the riders safe. But anything that can finish the domination of Sky, is a good idea."
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