Leopard-Trek’s Fabian Cancellara is leaving the Vuelta a España after Tuesday’s stage to prepare for the upcoming world championships in Copenhagen.
“This Vuelta has been really demanding. Besides the time trial in Salamanca, I was dedicated to help Daniele Bennati in the sprints and Jakob and Maxime, our duo for the GC, in the climbs,” Cancellara said in a team statement. “In order to be fresh in Copenhagen, I need to take some rest now and then pick up training again.”
“I think a reigning world champion should always defend his jersey, so I’m going to try to win the time trial for the fifth time.”
“I’m very pleased that the time trial is already on Wednesday, which allows for an extra day of recuperation in view of the road race on Sunday,” he said.