Alberto Contador admits his Vuelta a España chances are almost over

Sitting almost three minutes down on race leader Nairo Quintana, Tinkoff's Alberto Contador admits he's a long way from winning the race

Alberto Contador at the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), on the first rest day in Gijón, admitted that the chances of winning his fourth Vuelta a España are almost over after losing time to Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome in the first week.

Quintana leads the overall by 57 seconds over his Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde and 58 over Froome. Contador sits in fifth at 2-54 minutes.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.