Alberto Contador to miss World Championships

Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto Contador says that the World Championships course in Ponferrada does not suit him

Alberto Contador attacks on stage fifteen of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador, who appears on his way to winning the Vuelta a España ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Chris Froome, renounced the World Championships at home in Ponferrada, Spain. At a press conference yesterday, the Spaniard of team Tinkoff-Saxo said that the course in the country's northwest does not suit him.

"The Worlds course is not in any way suited to my style," Contador said. "There are other riders who I think can help the Spanish team more and should go. I'd rather give my place to them."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.