Alberto Contador, the elite Spanish sprinter has reportedly declined to participate in Giro d’Italia which is scheduled for May, 2013. The former Tour de France champion announced for a complete focus on Tour de France instead.
A credible source from Spanish media confirmed the news about Contador’s decision on not taking part in the high profile Italian racing event. “There won’t be Giro this time for me”, Alberto Contador was quoted by the sources during Argentina’s Tour de San Luis last month. As per the cyclist’s press manager, the champion sprinter from Spain is presently considering the France tour as his prime target and Giro is just another option to him.
While approached to speak about his decision on not participating at Giro d’Italia this summer, the Saxo Bank rider stated –“I have participated at Giro d’Italia earlier in 2011 & I do have wonderful memories of Giro racing. However, this time, I am primarily focused on Tour de France and planning to devote my entire 100 percent there. Giro will always be very special to me, yet this year I am banking specifically on Tour de France”. Alberto Contador was the winner of Giro d’Italia in the year 2008.
The Tour de France 2013 is scheduled to commence from June end this year. The famous Spanish cyclist has been a Tour de France winner thrice till date. His initial Tour de France win was in the year 2007 with Discovery team. Two years later, he again secured the champion trophy in the majestic French racing circuit in 2009. Contador was also crowned as Tour de France hero in 2010 but his doping charges snatched away the winner’s title for the year. The Tour de France 2013 would be Contador’s first Tour de France after his two years ban on doping charges from the racing ground.
Post Tour de France 2013, Contador is eyeing for Tour of Spain.