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Freire, Contador to lead Spain in world champs

Madrid - Three-time world champion Oscar Freire and newly-crowned Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador will lead the Spanish team at the September 15-23 world championships in the Netherlands.

The seven other riders are: Dani Moreno, Joaquim Rodriguez, Jonathan Castroviejo, Pablo Lastras, Alejandro Valverde, Juan Antonio Flecha and Samuel Sanchez.

Team Saxo Bank rider Alberto Contador of Spain crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta) cycling race between Santander and Fuente De. Credit: Reuters

The list is not definitive, with a decision to be taken on Sanchez's participation to be made after the ongoing Tour of Britain, Egoi Martinez waiting in the wings as a replacement.

“We are not the favourites,” said Spanish federation coach Jose Luis de Santos. “As far as I'm concerned, there are two teams which are stronger than us: Belgium and Italy.

“But that's not to say we don't have ambitions.”

Contador, who on Sunday won his second Tour of Spain just one month after returning from a two-year doping ban, will race the time-trial along with Castroviejo.

Sapa-AFP

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