Óscar Pereiro will not race this year’s Vuelta a España as he continues to recover from the fatigue that saw him withdraw from this year’s Tour de France after eight stages.
Italian cycling website Tuttobiciweb reported on Monday that the 2006 Tour de France winner has not been named in Caisse d’Epargne's pre-selection for the final Grand Tour of the season.
Pereiro withdrew from the Tour de France on July 11 citing accumulated fatigue, 90 kilometres into stage eight from Andorra La Vella to St Girons. At the time he said that he expected to return at the Vuelta.
"I have had very bad sensations since the Tour started from Monaco," Pereiro told Cyclingnews. “It was no use to go on like that and I prefer to concentrate on my next objective which should be the Tour of Spain."
According to Tuttobiciweb, Caisse d'Epargne have selected seven riders to compete at the Vuelta a España, that begins on August 29.
Joaquim Rodríguez, Alberto Losada, Imanol Erviti, Txente García, Francisco Pérez and Daniel Moreno have been selected to support team leader, Alejandro Valverde.
Valverde confirmed his ambition to win the Vuelta a España after he claimed the general classification victory at the Vuelta a Burgos on Sunday.
Vasil Kiryienka, David López, Luis Pasamontes and Xabier Zandio are the riders expected to compete for the final two positions available on the nine-man roster.