Contador plans to ride 2011 Tour of Spain

Madrid: Cycling`s top stage racer Alberto Contador has said he wants to ride the Tour of Spain in 2011 after a three-year absence.

In an interview with a Spanish sports daily, Spain`s triple Tour de France winner said "if everything goes normally, I will do two major Tours.”

"It`s not completely certain, but in principle, I will do the Tour de France and the Tour of Spain."
Contador`s first and only ride in the Tour of Spain was back in 2008, when he won it overall, becoming the fifth rider and first Spaniard in cycling to complete a grand slam of all three major tours.

Asked why he had not taken part this year, Contador said:

"Some people don`t realise that when I rode the Tour de France this July, my season was almost over.”

"I never go to a race simply for the pleasure of it, I always try to win them.”

"I was already up there in my first race of the year [in February], the Tour of the Algarve in Portugal" -- a race Contador won.

"When I rode the Tour I was hitting top form for the second time in the year," he added.

Contador said he had not fully recovered from a recent knee injury caused by a crash during training but would return to his bike in the next few days.

After a gruelling Tour de France in which he was only assured of victory 24 hours before the race reached Paris, Contador says he aims to get "much stronger" in 2011.

"It`s been a tough year, but I want to recover well completely before starting getting ready for 2011," he said.

"I`m very motivated and I`m sure I will be a lot stronger than in 2010."

The Tour of Spain 2010`s stage ten later on Tuesday is a 175.7 kilometre ride from Tarragona to Vilanova i la Geltru. Spain`s Igor Anton is the overall leader.

Bureau Report