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Contador won’t be defending Vuelta crown

Alberto Contador, two time winner of Tour de France confirmed that he won’t be participating in the Vuelta a España to defend the title he holds this year. He further affirmed that he is looking forward to racing in the world championships late in the season. In his interview to the MARCA the Spanish daily he said that racing in Vuletta was not added to his racing calendar so he won’t be defending his 2012 victory.  According to him his team Saxo-Tinkoff has powerful riders such as Roche, Majka and  Kreuziger who can do well individually and end up  in the podium if they decide to participate in the event.

Contador who finished 4th in the overall standing of Tour de France had already announced to the press that he won’t be there in Vuleta. On the other hand the team boss’s suggestion hinted that the decision is not a final one. Contador’s comments published in MARCA’s Saturday edition were the latest news about him not contending in the event and this coming on the wake of gran fondo in Italy affirmed that fans won’t be seeing him on 24th August at Galicia when the Vuelta a España race  starts.

According to Contador he would be focusing on one day series instead and they may include GP de Plouay, France, Canadian WorldTour events in Montreal and Quebec, rounding it up with Milano-Torino and Giro DI Lombardia. He also showed his interest in racing the world championships to be held in Florence.  Contador will join Chris Froome, the Tour de France Champion and Ryder Hesjedal of Canada in the one-day races in Montreal and Quebec City next month. This is the only event held by the UCI WorldTour events in North America and 21 eight-man teams will fight for the honors in the hilly streets of the twin cities.

Contador will not defend Vuelta title

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. Read more »

Contador makes A Great Start

Alberto Contador, one of the most popular and accomplished cyclists in the world, has come up with a great performance to start 2013 with a winning note. The champion cyclist continued with his performance of last year when he won the prestigious title of Mirador del Sol. The cyclist registered a great win with a performance of the life time. He led the race right from the beginning like a champion as he gave no chance to any of his challengers any chance to get better of him. This win has been his first prestigious win of this year 2013.

The humble-natured champion of this world class championship showed his gratefulness to his fellow team mates. Right after receiving the championship, Alberto Contador thanked his team mates in sincere words but he did not forget to mention that the team needs to work harder in the time to come. Obviously, the champion cyclist eyed the forthcoming championships like Tour de France and World Championships. He thanked all his team mates to support him and getting him ready in every possible manner to face the tough challenge in winning the championship in the form of Mirador del Sol.

Revealing his future plans, Alberto said that he would take rest for while and then start his preparations for the forth-coming world championship. He said that his next target is La Carolina where he would face the similar conditions which he had to face there. He also expressed a little concern over adding a few extra pounds of weight in his body. However, he showed confidence of getting rid of this extra weight before he appears for La Carolina. His determination is quite evident which has increased manifold after this grand win. Alberto Contador is all set to continue with his performance later during the year as well.

Contador focuses on the Giro d’Italia

The 29-year old Spaniard Alberto Contador is focusing on the 2013 Giro d’Italia. Contador attended the course presentation of 2013 Giro few days back and there he expressed his wish to participate in the Italian Grand Tour in 2013.

Contador returned from a two year doping ban back in August and since then he looks promising as he won the Vuelta a Espana and the Milan-Turin race. The Saxo Bank-TinkOff Bank rider also said that his primary objective would be to win the Tour de France next year but he would like to take part in the Giro because he felt that the track is pretty good to ride.

Alberto Contador expressed his opinion that the Giro race would be a tough one right from the beginning because some of the toughest climbs are there at the start of the race. He thinks that the team time trial and the Mountain Time trial will make a crucial effect. He then adds on that the final week of the race will be a great one as it demands some of the toughest finishes.

Contador is quite sure that the Giro would suit him quite well. But he is not absolutely sure of participating in it because he doesn’t know his schedule for the next year. He chooses to wait and see his programs of the upcoming season and then he will decide whether to take part or not.

Alberto Contador has five Grand Tour titles in his bag which includes one Giro d’Italia in 2008, a couple of Vuelta a Espana in 2008 and 2012 and two Tour de France in 2007 and 2009. He is making the 2013 Tour de France his bird’s eye and desparately wants to win it.