Two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has suggested the 2016 edition of the Grand Tour could be his last.
Alberto Contador is hoping to see a lengthy time trial in the 2016 Tour de France as he prepares for what could be his last appearance at the prestigious event.
The two-time winner is coming into the final year of his contract at Tinkoff-Saxo, with his future uncertain.
Contador claimed the yellow jersey in 2007 and 2009 " two of his seven Grand Tour wins " but has struggled to get back into contention in recent years, finishing fifth in last year's Tour de France.
"If I fall off or if I have to abandon, I would come back in 2017," the 32-year-old told El Pais. "Or if I manage to set up my own team outside of Tinkoff, given my contract with them ends in 2016.
"Whether or not it's my last Tour is something I will decide. And that freedom to decide prevents me from feeling sad about it but I would like a last good Tour to have a good ending to it all."
Like the rest of the peloton, Contador is waiting for the 2016 Tour route to be unveiled on Tuesday, and he is intrigued to see what the time-trial has in store.
He added: "It'll be fundamental to know how long the time trial will be.
"40 kilometres? 50? 60? Will it be very flat? Will it have a climb? If it's a hard climb, I'm not worried.
"In 2013 I was very close to Froome in the hilly Embrun time trial stage, but the Mont Saint-Michel time trial stage was my worst. If the average speed is around 48 to 49 km/h, that'll suit me."