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Vuelta a Espana

No Vuelta for Contador

Alberto Contador has confirmed that he will not be racing the Vuelta a España next month.

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One grand tour is enough for Alberto Contador this year.

Stage 20, 2010 Tour de France
Contador has already achieved his major goal for the season.

Hot off his narrow victory at the Tour de France, Contador has confirmed that he will not be racing the Vuelta a España next month.

Vuelta director Javier Guillén said the 2008 Vuelta champion has notified organizers that he will not be participating, but assured that the 2010 edition of the Spanish grand tour will have a stellar lineup when the race begins August 28 in Sevilla.

“I believe it’s going to be a great Vuelta. Alberto has decided not to come. If he doesn’t come, it’s not important. The Vuelta will always be his race and he’s always welcome,” Guillén said. “We will have a strong field for this year’s Vuelta.”

Guillén confirmed that several top GC names will be starting the Vuelta, including the Schleck brother, two-time winner Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Vincenzo Nibali and Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) and Carlos Sastre (Cervélo), who will be starting his third grand tour of the season.

Contador, meanwhile, is competing in post-Tour criteriums in Holland.

The recently crowned Tour champ said he’s considering racing two grand tours in 2011.

“We will study the calendar for 2011, perhaps we can make two grand tours, either the Giro or the Vuelta, though it’s complicated as the Tour remains the priority,” Contador said. “I want to enjoy this third Tour victory, because the fourth Tour remains very far away right now.”

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