Contador rules himself out of Vuelta after Tour crash

Spaniard tweets to say his wound is not healing and there are complications

Alberto Contador after a crash on stage ten of the 2014 Tour de FRance
(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Vuelta a Espana, saying healing of the wound sustained in his stage 10 crash at the Tour de France has become complicated.

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Contador crashed on a wet descent on the stage to Planche des Belles Filles where Vincenzo Nibali retook the yellow jersey. He initially tried to carry on, but abandoned soon after and was then diagnosed with a fractured tibia.

Since Contador left the race Tinkoff-Saxo have gone on to win two stages with Rafal Majka and Michael Rogers.

The Vuelta starts in Jerez de la Frontera, southern Spain on Saturday, August 23.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.