Chris Froome and Alberto Contador renew rivalry in Catalunya as Rodriguez pulls out

A stomach virus means Joaquim Rodriguez will miss the Volta a Catalunya, but there will be plenty of other contenders for the general classification

Joaquim Rodriguez (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Defending champion Joaquim Rodriguez will miss this week’s Volta a Catalunya with a stomach virus.

The Katusha rider will be replaced by Alberto Losada in the race that sees the renewal of Chris Froome’s rivalry with Alberto Contador.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.