Alberto Contador to skip Spanish Vuelta

Updated: July 26, 2011, 11:34 AM ET
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MADRID -- Spanish rider Alberto Contador said late Monday that he won't compete in this year's Spanish Vuelta after losing his Tour de France crown to Cadel Evans last week.

"Maybe next year I'll be in the Vuelta," Contador told Spanish media. "This year it does not enter into my plans. I need to rest."

The 28-year-old rider won the Giro d'Italia earlier this summer and appeared to pay the price for it as he finished the Tour almost four minutes behind Evans.

"You have to measure your strength when deciding whether to compete in a race or not because your ability to recover has its limits," the three-time Tour winner said.

Contador hasn't competed in the Vuelta since 2008, when he won it.

A Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing into Contador's positive test for the banned substance clenbuterol has been delayed, possibly to November. He faces a two-year ban if the CAS overturns the Spanish federation's decision to clear him of doping.

The Spanish Vuelta begins Aug. 20.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.