Posted: Friday June 7, 2013 1:58 PM

Swiss star Cancellara to skip Tour de France

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QUINTO, Switzerland (AP) - Fabian Cancellara has confirmed he's skipping the Tour de France, which he led for the first week last year.

The Swiss rider, whose decision was expected because the 2013 Tour doesn't have an opening prologue stage, wrote on his Twitter account Friday that he won't be riding.

Cancellara's announcement came ahead of starting his home Tour of Switzerland on Saturday, a nine-day warmup for cycling's signature event that begins June 29.

Snow-blocked roads forced Swiss organizers to change the route of the second stage Sunday over the steep Nufenen pass at 8,130-feet altitude. The stage to the ski resort of Crans-Montana will instead start at Ulrichen.

Cancellara's rivals include defending champion Rui Costa of Portugal and Slovakian sprint specialist Peter Sagan.

 
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