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.