LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France, July 14, 2014 (AFP) – Former two-time
winner Alberto Contador was in tears as he pulled out of the Tour de France on
Monday after crashing badly on the tough 10th stage.
The Spaniard’s withdrawal was the second major abandonment of the 101st
edition of the Grand Boucle following that of reigning champion Chris Froome
Contador crashed around the 65km mark of the mountainous 161km stage from
Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles.
The 31-year-old received lengthy treatment by the side of the road to patch
up his injured right knee before he changed bikes and carried on.
He had lost around four minutes on the peloton by this time, after which
his main rival Vincenzo Nibali’s Astana team took over pace-setting at the
Despite five of his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates dropping back to help pace him
back, he started losing more time.
Around 15km later and about halfway through the stage, Contador shared a
hug with chief lieutenant, Australian Michael Rogers stopping by the side of
the road and climbing into a team car.
He was in floods of tears.
On Wednesday Briton Froome crashed twice before climbing off his bike and
quitting the Tour.
He had already injured his wrist the previous day in a crash and an MRI
scan on Thursday showed he had fractures to his left wrist and right hand.