Three-times Tour de France winner Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Giro D’Italia next year, saying it is too gruelling to do both the Tour and the Giro in the same year.
Most cyclists would choose one or the other, although the late Marco Pantani famously managed to win both races way back in 1998. Lance Armstrong never bothered with the Giro, allowing his team to focus solely on getting over the line in the Tour, and that seems to be precisely the same mindset as Contador.
“I don’t think I will ride in the Giro, it will be very difficult. It’s very difficult to do both the Giro and the Tour. Maybe in two years’ time. I still have to talk to the team managers and discuss it with them, but at the moment it’s not in my plans.”
“For me the Giro is the best race in the world. It has a particular fascination for me. And if it was only up to my heart I would race it. But next year I will think of other objectives, such as the Tour de France.”