July 23, 2014 – Alberto Contador admitted Wednesday that he will not be able to compete at the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on August 23.

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The Spaniard was forced out of the Tour de France just over a week ago on
Bastille Day. The two-time Tour winner crashed hard on a descent and suffered a broken shinbone. He had hoped to join fellow former Tour winner Chris Froome at the Vuelta after the Briton also crashed out of the Tour a few days earlier with a broken hand and wrist. But Contador took to Twitter to say such hopes were now deflated.

“Bad day, the wound healing gets complicated, I’ve no date have a date to take the bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta,” he said.

Contador won the Vuelta in 2008 and 2012, the year Froome finished fourth
in that race.