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Alberto Contador remains uncommitted about riding Tour de France

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jun. 2, 2011
  • Updated Jun. 2, 2011 at 1:49 PM EDT

Despite having a clear road to the Tour de France, Alberto Contador remains uncommitted regarding his participation in the 2011 edition.

It may have looked easy, but Contador says the race for the maglia rosa took a toll. Photo: Graham Watson

Speaking on the Spanish radio show, “El Larguero,” Contador said he will have to see how he recovers from his Giro d’Italia victory before making a commitment to the Tour.

“If I go to the Tour, it will be to fight for the win,” he said. “If I see that I am not in good condition, I will not go. This year the Giro was very difficult, with long stages. It was the hardest grand tour of my life. In the end the wear and tear was so big that I’ve got to think about (the Tour) with my head, not my heart.”

Contador will technically be allowed to race the Tour after his pending case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport was rescheduled until August 1-3. The UCI confirmed to VeloNews that Contador would be allowed to race the Tour while Tour de France officials said they will not try to stop his participation.

Contador reiterated that he still has not decided and wants to see how he bounces back from the demands of the grueling Giro, where he won two stages and the overall by more than six minutes.

“One has to think and think with the head. Now it’s about recovering the strength. I can tell how tired I am by climbing the stairs,” Contador continued. “The fatigue accumulates in the body. Right now, it’s more important to rest than to train. I want to give my body a break from the bike and recharge the batteries.”

When asked who he sees as his most dangerous rival, he clearly pointed to two-time runner-up Andy Schleck.

“The Tour always has new riders coming up, but right now it’s Andy Schleck who’s best-positioned,” he said. “They have a strong team, but I also have strong riders beside me. And in terms of climbers, I kept everyone except (Paolo) Tiralongo. I am more than happy because the support of my team has been unconditional.”

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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