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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Indurain Sits Out Spain

Top Spanish rider Miguel Indurain will skip the Tour of Spain for the third year running to concentrate on the Giro d'Italia as a build-up for the Tour de France, the coach of the Banesto cycling team said.

Indurain's decision Saturday casts a cloud of uncertainty over the team's participation in the Tour of Spain, as the race organizers had hinted that if the triple Tour de France winner did not ride, the team would be excluded.

"The Giro is not Indurain's aim. His entire season turns on the Tour (de France)," coach Jose Miguel Echavarri said in Majorca where the team is competing in the Majorca Challenge.

"We would never put a possible victory in the French race at risk," he added, explaining that if Indurain took part in the Tour of Spain in April, he would peak too soon to be able to maintain his top form for the Tour de France.