Alberto Contador Will Not Race Vuelta a Espana


SAINT-LARY, France, July 23, 2014 (AFP) – 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

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 today, there is a complication in the scarring of the injuries, I
don’t have a date for when I can climb back on a bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta,”
he said.

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