Contador announces he will target 2015 Giro d’Italia, before Tour de France

It will be the Spaniard's first return to the Giro since 2011

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Vuelta a España champion Alberto Contador announced Friday that he will target both the 2015 Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

Contador was in Bormio Friday to take part in the RHxDue, a popular climb of the Gavia and Mortirolo, and during its presentation he announced his intention to race the 2015 Giro d’Italia, although he does not yet know the route of the race, which will be presented after the Tour of Lombardy.

“Since we’re here in Bormio, at the foot of legendary mountain passes like Gavia, Mortirolo and Stelvio, which I have enjoyed and suffered at the Giro, and while I am awaiting for some details, such as the route of the race, I have already spoken to Bjarne Riis and my coach, and we have decided that my first goal of 2015 will be the Giro d’Italia,” said Contador.

Contador also said that his 2015 plan includes the Giro d’Italia, but also, “since it is the most important race on the calendar, also the Tour de France if everything goes smoothly throughout the season.”

The Spaniard explained that he made this decision to “take on a new challenge and have a new motivation.”

It will be the Spaniard’s first return to the Giro since 2011, when he won the race, ahead of Michele Scarponi. The Spaniard later saw his result stripped when he received a retrospective ban after testing positive for clenbuterol.

Contador also raced (and won) the Giro in 2008, when he beat Riccardo Riccò for overall victory.