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Contador exclusive: I will not race the Giro d'Italia

Daniel Benson
January 25, 2013, 21:04,
January 25, 2013, 21:17
Second Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 25, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Alberto Contador awaits the start of stage 3 at the Tour de San Luis.

Alberto Contador awaits the start of stage 3 at the Tour de San Luis.

  • Alberto Contador awaits the start of stage 3 at the Tour de San Luis.
  • Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) in San Luis
  • Alberto Contador took an emphatic solo victory in the Vuelta's 17th stage that put the Spaniard back in the overall lead.

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Spaniard 100 per cent committed to the Tour de France

Alberto Contador has confirmed to Cyclingnews that he will not race the Giro d'Italia in 2013. The multiple grand tour winner will instead stake his season on the Tour de France, with the option of the Vuelta a España to be considered after the Tour.

Contador is currently riding the Tour de San Luis and early this week made clear his intentions that the Giro was a distinct possibility. However, his press officer had been quick to play down the story, stating that the Tour was the main aim and the the Giro was only one of many options.

However, at the finish of stage 5 of the Tour de San Luis Contador spoke to Cyclingnews and put an end to the speculation:

"The Giro for me is a very special race but for the Tour de France is more important to me this year. I was at the Giro in 2011and I have very good emotions about this race but this year I want to go 100 per cent into the Tour and then afterwards we'll see if I go to the Vuelta. There will be no Giro for me."

Daniel Coy More than 1 year ago
tear it up...just work on your TT and you should be fine and hopefully your team has a decent TTT.....Good Luck!
JF Carrière More than 1 year ago
The Tour is so over rated...
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
what hes not over rated hes the most big race in the world you have no clue what you are talking about it??????????
JF Carrière More than 1 year ago
Ok then it's the biggest over rated race in the world then. Ever watched the Giro folks ? That is bike racing. I get the impression that you don't have a clue about cycling...
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
You're right, I'm sure there is a bigger race in planet Pandora.
thelowerdepths More than 1 year ago
bummer … i was looking forward to the head-to-head between him and Wiggins … in that case, GO VINCENZO NIBALI!!!!
mononck More than 1 year ago
I don't like Wiggo much as aperson either myself but, even though I will be cheering for Nibali too at the Giro (and the Tour as well), I really don't get all this anti-brit feeling from across the pond. Even to the point of cheering Alpuerto Contaderol who, unlike Wiggins (so far), has clearly been caught cheeting and would (and should) have been punished harder if it wasn't for the attempts of the UCI to cover it up . But no. Instead, some people would rather speculate over the whole Sky team using PED than objectively analyze AC's involvement with known drug users in the past and his recent positive result. On top of all that, the guy is far from being a gentlemen (remember chaingate?).
Martin Higgins More than 1 year ago
now i cant wait to over to the tour and see Contador tear it up....
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
Smart move for Contador. Froome will be his biggest competitor at the Tour and he will come with a big Sky team. He needs to save his strength for that match up. He knows that if he beats Froome now he will have the upper hand mentally. If he arrives at the Tour tired from the Giro and Froome beats him there, he will help Froome's confidence and he does not want that. Good strategy by Rjiss.
saronni More than 1 year ago
good move without "the steak" hard to compete in back to back stage races !!!
JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
Hey saronni, grow up.
droidathon More than 1 year ago
Love the fact he mentions the 2011 Giro, you know, the one he didn't win. Silly moo.
Chemainiac More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear this news. One less race with the shadow of doubt cast over it. I am sure he will be lining up beef providers ahead of the TDF.
dccylist1227 More than 1 year ago
Contador, as a doper who is pretending to be clean, is gutting cycling. The clean cyclists can only feel frustrated to have to go up against someone who's juiced and watch him get the media attention and product sponsors. As a cycling fan, I boycott any race he's in. I wouldn't help him if I was on his team.
Pedro Ossio More than 1 year ago
Good. We will have a clean Giro. Or is Wiggins going to be there? oh, bummer......
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