Three-time Tour de France winner, Alberto Contador, decided to leave the team that saw him through two of his Tour wins, roadcycling.com reports. To add insult to injury, Team Astana learned about Contador's decision through Contador's press service.
The 27-year old Spaniard won the Tour de France in 2007 on the Discovery Channel team, and in 2009 and 2010 on Team Astana. While riding for Astana, he also won the 2008 Giro d'Italia, and the 2008 Vuelta a España.
Lance Armstrong and Johan Bruyneel left Astana at the end of last year when the team struggled to pay wages.
No word yet on which team Contador will ride for next year, but insiders speculate he'll join Bjarne Riis's team. Riis is current owner and manager of Team Saxo Bank.