Alberto Contador ready for Olympics

Giro winner sets next target

Spain's recently-crowned Tour of Italy champion Alberto Contador has said he wants to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

"The next objective is the Olympic Games," he told Spanish public television late Monday.

Contador said he wants to take part in the road race and the time trial in August, although he is "more mentally prepared for the time trial."

"But the two events are very hard and it remains to be seen how I will perform," he said. "To be 100 percent, you must arrive in China well beforehand, and I don't know what the training conditions will be like."

The 25-year-old this month added the Giro to his 2007 Tour de France title and is looking to win the Tour of Spain in September. But he will not be able to defend his Tour de France championship because his Astana team were not invited by the race organisers after a series of high profile drugs scandals - none involving Contador.

© AFP 2008

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