Alberto Contador out of worlds

MURCIA, Spain -- Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will not race for Spain at the upcoming world championships.

Spain coach Jose Luis de Santos says the three-time Tour champion will not be at the worlds in Australia.

"Alberto told me he prefers not to stretch out the season any more and will rest ahead of next season," de Santos said.

Contador also injured his right knee after crashing during training Tuesday. The injury is not expected to affect his upcoming campaign.

Spain instead will count on three-time world champion Oscar Freire and Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez among its cyclists for the Sept. 29-Oct. 3 event in Melbourne and nearby Geelong.