Contador confirms Giro d'Italia participation

Giro 2008 stage 20 Alberto Contador

Spaniard Alberto Contador will return to race the Giro d'Italia stage race this May. Assuming he avoids a doping suspension, he will use it prior to racing for a fourth Tour de France title.

"The Giro is my first big goal of the season," Contador told newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport. "I looked at the stages online last week. It's very hard, incredibly hard. There is not a queen stage, there are six."

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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.