Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) will have a heavy race schedule this spring ahead of his return to the Tour de France.
According to the Spanish sports daily MARCA, Contador confirmed he will race Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12) for the first time, followed by Critérium International (March 23-24) and the Vuelta al País Vasco (April 1-6).
Contador — who missed last year’s Tour while serving his racing ban related to his clenbuterol positive from the 2010 Tour — said he is still unsure about what spring classics, if any, he will race. He has done well at Flèche Wallonne, including finishing third in 2010.
He will likely race the Critérium du Dauphiné or the Tour de Suisse ahead of the Tour, which starts June 29 on Corsica.
“This year’s Tour is the big goal that will dominate my season,” Contador told MARCA. “I want the world to see the best of Contador at this year’s Tour. There are some of other races that I’d like to win, but I am not going to say them now, but the real goal this year is the Tour.”
Contador appeared Friday at an exhibition race in Dubai, when he won a 1km sprint-off against Ryder Hesjedal and Vincenzo Nibali.
Contador makes his official season debut at the Tour de San Luís in Argentina January 21-27.