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Alberto Contador rules himself out of World Championships

Vuelta a Espana leader Alberto Contador has announced he will not race for Spain in the UCI World Championships later this month.

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The Tinkoff-Saxo rider suffered a broken leg on stage 10 of the Tour de France this year and was forced to miss the second half of the race as he recovered.

Contador recovered in time for the Vuelta and holds a lead of one minute and 36 seconds with five stages remaining, but the race will be his last of 2014 as he looks to recuperate ahead of next year's World Tours.

"It's not in my plans," said the 31-year-old. "I will let another rider take my place, my priority is to rest.

"Looking at the route, it's not at all good for me as a race and I have already raced a lot this season.

"It's more suited for other riders like [Alejandro] Valverde or Purito [Joaquim Rodriguez]."

Meanwhile, the Spaniard expects a difficult challenge in the remaining stages of the Vuelta this week, but remains confident he can win it for a third title.

"It's going to be a tough final week," he added.

"There are mountainous stages, hilly stages and apart from the fact that in Galicia the terrain is very demanding.

"I will have to watch all my rivals. Then there's the final time trial.

"I'm always careful and concentrated, and that's going to be my strategy. A lot of things can happen.

"I will try to make the most of my opportunities, bearing in mind I don't have to pull back any time."

The Vuelta resumes on Wednesday with the 190.7-kilometre stage from Ortigueira to A Coruna.

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