UCI regulations introduced in July outlining a model ProTour team contract could affect which team Alberto Contador will ride for in the near future. Astana has missed the contract deadline for Contador, which leaves the Spaniard a possible opening to get out of an obligation to continue with the team.
"After all these months of waiting, I am very calm at last,” Contador said in a statement, as VeloNews reports. "My lawyers are the ones that dictate whether it is possible to break my contract or not...I keep working as before, focused exclusively on my training."
Tension grew in Team Astana between Contador and Lance Armstrong during the 2009 Tour de France. Armstrong has since formed a new team, Team RadioShack, and taken former Astana manager Johan Bruyneel with him.