Two time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador once again stated that he will not defend his Vuelta a España title, but he expects to take part in the world championships later in this year.
Recently, while speaking to a leading Spanish newspaper, the Saxo-Tinkoff rider told that defending his Vuelta a España title was never in his schedule and this is the real reason why he would not take part in the event and try to defend his crown.
This year, Alberto Contador finished fourth in the Tour de France. After that Contador confirmed that he would not defend his Vuelta crown. However, Saxo-Tinkoff team boss told that the decision was not final. But, now it has been confirmed that Contador would not hit the road in Galicia on 24th August, and the latest odds from Unibet suggest there is only a slim chance of him racing again this year.
Speaking to the Spanish daily, the Spaniard added that Saxo-Tinkoff has several good riders like Roman Kreuziger, Rafal Majka and Nicolas Roche who are capable of doing well individually. If they decide to take part in the event and do well; then there is a chance to hit the podium.
During the interview, Contador also spoke about his recent performance in Tour de France. He stated that he registered good numbers during pre-Tour tests, but he could not repeat the performance during the race. He stated that cycling is not math; the body does not respond at times. However, the Spanish rider added that Tour would be his top priority in 2014.
Contador suggested that he would prefer to concentrate on one-day races like GP de Plouay in France, Canadian WorldTour events in Montreal and Quebec as well as the Giro di Lombardia and Milano-Torino. There are reports that he might also participate in the world championships that will take place in Florence.