Heavy crash for Tour de France contender Alberto Contador leaves him with shoulder injury and ripped kit, but he carries on
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 2, 2016
Contador came down hard with Sky’s Luke Rowe and BMC’s Brent Bookwalter on a central reservation after a roundabout as the pace of the peloton had been wound up to chase a five-man escape group.
The 2007 and 2009 Tour winner picked himself quickly after the incident, but had lost a lot of skin on his right shoulder, clearly visible under ripped kit.
After changing his bike, Contador was joined by several of his Tinkoff team-mates and others caught up in the crash to chase back onto the peloton.
The bunch slowed up, and Contador soon caught back up – but only time will tell whether the injury will have any further effect on the 33-year-old’s Tour. He received attention from the race doctor in the medical car and later changed a damaged shoe.
Geraint Thomas (Sky) was another rider who chased back on with Contador’s group after the Welshman had suffered a rear puncture, necessitating a wheel change from neutral service.
The stage was won by Mark Cavendish, claiming the first Tour de France yellow jersey of his illustrious career.