CANGAS, Spain, Sept 12, 2014 (AFP) – Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto
Contador has been included in Spain’s preliminary squad for the world
championship road race in Ponferrada, northern Spain, later this month.
Contador had indicated earlier in the week that he would sit out the event
on September 28.
“The world championship course is not in any way suited to my style and I
think other riders who will be able to help more should go,” said Contador on
“I prefer to give my place up to another rider.”
However, Spanish selector Javier Minguez said his obligation was to “select
the best riders available” ahead of a final attempt to convince Contador to
Minguez will name his final list of nine riders for the road race early
Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodriguez, who sit third and fourth in the
Vuelta standings respectively, have also been included.
Contador maintained his 1min 19sec lead over Britain’s Chris Froome on
Friday with just two more stages of the Vuelta to go.