Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) will continue his fight back to fitness at the Vuelta a Burgos in Spain, starting on Tuesday, August 2.
Contador withdrew from the Tour de France having suffered from crash injuries and illness. The Spaniard has refocussed his season after his Tour injuries also ruled him out of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games road race on Saturday. He is now aiming for success at the Vuelta a España at the end of August.
Contador will face stiff opposition in the five-stage UCI 2.HC ranked race, with British rider Simon Yates heading up Orica-BikeExchange’s team. Both Contador and Yates rode in the Clasica de San Sebastian on Saturday, with Yates placing seventh and Contador 39th behind winner Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).
Yates is among several British riders in the race, including Alex Dowsett, who rejoins his Movistar team-mates are spending Sunday as part of a Great Britain composite team at the RideLondon-Surrey Classic. Dowsett won the time trial stage in the recent Tour of Poland, and will be a key driver during Wednesday’s team time trial stage.
British road race champion Adam Blythe will help support Contador at Tinkoff. Blythe rode alongside Dowsett in GB colours at RideLondon.
Other Brits include Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural), Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Yanto Barker (One Pro Cycling).
The 2016 Vuelta a Burgos will be settled on the final stage, with a mountain-top finish at Laguna de Neila on Saturday – the same day as the men’s Olympic road race in Rio. Last year’s edition was won by Rein Taaramae, who will not start this year due to Olympic commitments.