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Tour de France Champion Contador to kick off season at Tour of the Algarve

Spanish cyclists Alberto Contador, right, and Samuel Sanchez, left, during the presentation of the 2010 Tour of Spain 'La Vuelta' cycling race in Sevi...

Spanish cyclists Alberto Contador, right, and Samuel Sanchez, left, during the presentation of the 2010 Tour of Spain 'La Vuelta' cycling race in Sevi...

Reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador confirmed on Friday he will kick off his 2010 season during the Tour of the Algarve cycling race in Portugal mid-February.
"Last year I liked the race and I think it's ideal to start the season," explained the Spaniard, who is the reigning champion in the Portuguese race.
"Then I'll go to the Paris-Nice (beginning of March) where we'll be mainly looking to work on a team level, notably on tactical coordination," he said.
Contador, winner of the Tour de France winner in 2007 and 2009, added that he was also counting on competing in the Tour of Catalonia from March 22-28 and the Tour of the Basque Country from April 5-10.
But he added: "I'm leaving the door open on the classics, we'll decide on that later."