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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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly 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 can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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