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.
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.
Bad day,the wound healing gets complicated,I’ve no date to take the bike.Goodbye to the Vuelta.
— Alberto Contador (@albertocontador) July 23, 2014