Not so Busy Season
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador came fourth in the 2013 Tour de France. The 2007 winner of the international cycling completion said however that he would not be defending his Vuelta a España championship.
The 2012 winner of the Vuelta spoke after the Tour de France although the decision then had not been final. He later confirmed it when speaking to MARCA, a Spanish daily. He explained that he had not planed on participating in the Vuelta a España and had no interest in defending his crown.
Contador also missed the Tour of Spain citing exhaustion as the reason. He has however expressed interest in the French GP de Plouay, the Canadian World Tour events –Grand Prix Cycliste in Quebec and Montreal and then the Milano-Torino, though whether he takes part or not is anybody’s bet.
Contador is still confident of his team despite the departure of Oleg Tinkov in the 2014 season. He is getting ready to get his form back for the 2014 Tour de France.
The Saxo-Tinkoff rider climbed the Gavia and Montirolo summits on August 3-4. The climb was in Italy organized by ZeroRh+ which is also the sponsor for Saxo-Tinkoff. Contador will be the reference cyclist for this event which saw about 3000 cyclists in its first edition this year. This event is organized in the hope of promoting cycling.
At the event, Contador inaugurated two sculptures of legendary cyclists in Italy; Vincenzo Torriani and Fausto Coppi. The event is dubbed Rhx Contador. The Alberto Contador Foundation junior team of cyclists will receive sponsorship from Cofidis for the 2014 selection camp.
The junior team will be entering its second season in 2014. The Foundation aims to promote cycling for young people in Spain. The 2012 Tour of Spain winner has not outlined his complete calendar yet for the rests of the year. There are speculations though that he may have to retire early this season to get ready for the 2014 season.