MADRID, Community of Madrid, Aug 19, 2013 (AFP) – The participation of Giro
d’Italia winner Vicenzo Nibali and Spanish riders Joaquim Rodriguez and
Alejandro Valverde for this year’s Tour of Spain was confirmed by their
respective teams on Monday.
Nibali, of the Astana team, is looking to double up his success in his
homeland back in May with his second Vuelta title having won the three-week
tour around Spain in 2010.
Spanish hopes meanwhile will be centered on 2009 winner Valverde, of
Movistar, and Katusha rider Rodriguez as two-time winner Alberto Contador has
decided against riding after a testing Tour de France last month in which he
The race starts on Saturday in the north-eastern region of Galicia and,
after 21 gruelling stages, will finish in Madrid in September 15.