Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) has decided to take part in the Vuelta a España, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. The sprinter, who broke his kneecap during the early part of the Giro d'Italia, has started to come back to form, finishing the Regio Tour with a fifth place in the final stage. Petacchi is hopeful that the Vuelta will give him the necessary condition to start in the World Championships in Salzburg.
Triple world champion Oscar Freire is not sure of his program, however. The Rabobank rider has been suffering from dizziness, and did not take part in the Clasica San Sebastian. He hopes to do the Vuelta as he considers it the best training for the World's, but is undecided at the moment.