Oct 16, 2011 – Two-time champion Alberto Contador reaffirmed his decision to skip next year’s Tour of Italy on Sunday, preferring to concentrate on capturing a fourth Tour de France crown.
“Next year, I am going to think about other objectives, like the Tour de France,” said Contador, who first announced that he would not race the Tour of Italy in August.
“Even if you never say never, I will not be at the Giro next year.” The Spaniard has not, however, turned his back entirely on Italy as he plans to race in the Tirreno-Adriatico.
“Due to the good memories I have of Italian fans on the roads during my two Giros, I will take part in next year’s Tirreno-Adriatico – a race which I have yet to win,” he explained.
Contador’s full program is yet to be decided as he awaits the result of a November doping hearing before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and world cycling’s governing body the UCI are appealing against the Spanish cycling federation’s (RFEC) decision to acquit 28-year-old Contador over a failed doping test.