Alberto Contador has confirmed that he will ride in the 2015 Giro d'Italia but also hopes to compete in the Tour de France.
Contador will be looking to win the Giro for the second time in his career after winning the event in 2008.
The 31-year-old hasn't taken part in the three week race since 2011, a year in which he won the pink jersey. Unfortunately his win was taken away from him due to a doping suspension.
The Spaniard has been in fine form recently and if he can remain in the shape he's in, it is hard to see anyone challenging him for the Giro next year.
Contador won the Vuelta a Espana for a third time this month, meaning he has now won the race twice in the last three years.
It may even be possible for Contador to try to win all three Grand Tours in the same year, which is an achievement no rider has ever managed before.
He came close in 2008 though when he won the Giro and the Vuelta.
The Tinkoff-Saxo team leader admits he enjoys racing in Italy and is looking forward to taking part in the Giro.
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According to Cycling Weekly, Contador said: “There are still some small details to finalise, but I can tell you that with [Team Manager] Bjarne Riis I’ve planned the Giro d’Italia,”
“I feel at home in Italy. After talking to Riis and the Tinkoff-Saxo staff, we decided to make it the first objective of 2015. It’s important for me to race the Giro d’Italia.”
Contador is on track to win three consecutive Grand Tours after winning the 2014 Vuelta and I think there is no reason why he can't. Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali are the only three riders that can really challenge him but they will have to be on top form to beat him.
A lot of riders who take part in the Giro, especially team leaders, don't seem to ride in the Tour de France because of the stress it puts their bodies under but Contador has already said he aims to ride in the Tour if their are no problems during the Giro.
If this does happen it will be interesting to see how the 2009 Tour de France winner performs because some of the other riders will be much fresher.
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