Alberto Contador has said he will ride in the Vuelta a Espana after recovering from a broken shin bone sustained in the Tour de France.
Contador had initially said that he would not be able to take part in the Spanish three week race due to the seriousness of his injury but it looks like he will now join the likes of Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana on the start line.
The Spaniard had to abandon the Tour de France during stage 10 and it seemed he wouldn't compete in anymore races during the summer months but after a quick recovery he will race in his home country.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team leader admitted he will have to ride the race differently to how he planned earlier in the year but is confident after a pain free mountain ride.
According to Sky Sports, Contador said: "I've been riding the bicycle for the last 10 days and yesterday was the first day I could climb a mountain pass without knee pain.
'That excites me'
"That excites me, motivates me and has led me to make the decision to run the Tour of Spain.
“I know it's a Tour of Spain I'll have to do in a very different way than I had thought earlier in the season, or as I planned the Tour de France, but I think it can be very good considering the end of season and to start next year with guarantees."
General classification doubts
Contador would have gone into the race with the overall victory in his mind but because he has only just returned from injury it is likely he will just target stage victories as otherwise he may find it hard due to lack of training and the fitness of the other riders.
Froome is in a similar position but suffered a less serious injury. In my opinion Quintana will be many people's favourite to win the Vuelta because he has been training for the event since his Giro d'Italia win in May.
I think he will be too strong for Froome and Contador in the mountains as they aren't as fit as they could be and this is where the race will be won and lost.
It is good to see Contador racing again though as it makes for a more interesting race in Spain but the Spaniard will have to be careful he doesn't push to hard or he could find himself injured again.