Alejandro Valverde tops WorldTour, and will miss Tour of Beijing

After WorldTour rival Alberto Contador elects not to race the Tour of Beijing, Alejandro Valverde also withdraws - Valverde tops the UCI WorldTour and cannot now be caught

Alejandro Valverde wins stage six of the 2014 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) were due to fight until the season’s end in the Tour of Beijing to decide the 2014 WorldTour title, but both Spanish cyclists will skip the series' last race on the calendar.

Contador crashed in Il Lombardia on Sunday, missed his chance to gain points on Valverde and called off his Chinese trip. Soon after his announcement and with the WorldTour title confirmed, Valverde followed suit.

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