Cycling superstar Alberto Contador revealed he is mulling over plans to create his own World Tour cycling team.
At 33 years of age, Contador is on the verge of retirement and needs to consider all his options before he hangs up his bike for good.
"I have two options in my head: One is to carry on if I suffer a mishap at the Tour, as I did in 2014, and the other is to launch a professional team," the Spaniard told cyclingnews.com.
"It [my retirement] depends on a series of circumstances and on how the year plays out. But I'm certainly starting this season feeling very motivated, keen to get the ball rolling and then we'll see what happens."
Contador attempted the unprecedented Giro-Tour double in 2015 and was halfway there with his win in Italy. However, tired legs and a crash on stage 17 ended his chances as he pedaled to a fifth place finish.
This year, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider feels in good shape and will be in a better condition to mount a challenge at the Tour de France.
"I've got a good base of winter form and done some good training in the Canaries," he revealed.
"What I'm lacking now as the Volta ao Algarve comes up for me, is racing and race rhythm, particularly compared to other riders who've already started their season. But looking ahead and at the Tour de France, I thought the best thing would be to start the season a little later. Overall things are looking very good."
Contador added that he would like thank team owner Oleg Tinkov by performing with the bike this season.
"Oleg has been working with me since 2012 and these last few years have been amongst the most important of my career," he said.
"In these last four years, too, he's been working very hard to defend cycling and fight for his team. I can't think of a better way to say thank you to him for all of the time and effort he's put into the sport, than for me to have a really great season."