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Spain's Alberto Contador out of Vuelta a Espana after Tour de France Injury

Spanish rider Alberto Contador, who crashed out of the Tour de France last week, on Wednesday ruled out competing in next month's Vuelta a Espana.

Contador quit the Tour de France, which he had been bidding to win for a third time, after suffering a fractured shinbone on the tough 10th stage.

Alberto Contador will miss the Vuelta a Espana.
Alberto Contador will miss the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Reuters

"Bad day today. The healing of the wound is getting complicated... Goodbye to the Vuelta," Contador wrote in Spanish and English on Twitter.

The 31-year-old crashed badly on a descent during the mountainous stage from Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.

He did not need surgery on his fractured tibia, and in a second tweet thanked doctors in Madrid's Cemtro Clinic for their treatment.

The Saxo-Tinkoff rider won the Vuelta in 2008 and 2012. This year's race runs from August 23 to September 14.

AFP

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