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Tadej Pogacar has set his sights on winning the world championships in Wollongong, Australia, in September and will skip this year's Spanish Vuelta.
Pogacar finished second behind Dane Jonas Vingegaard in the latest Tour de France which ended Sunday, after winning the famous race the previous two years.
The UEA-Emirates Team said on Tuesday he would be riding in four one-day races instead of the Vuelta.
"The 23-year old will be in action as soon as next weekend for the San Sebastian Classic in the Basque Country, before taking a break and building up towards a block of one-day races," read an UAE Emirates statement.
UAE Emirates added Pogacar had his sights set on competing at the UCI Road World Championship in Australia on September 25 and Il Lombardia in Italy.
The Vuelta a Espana begins in Utrecht on August 19.
The Slovenian will then have another three one-day races in early October.
The Vuelta, which Pogacar finished in third place in 2019, is scheduled for August 19-September 11.