Alberto Contador Out of Vuelta a Espana

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador won’t be racing the Vuelta a Espana this year after he announced on his Twitter page that the injuries he sustained in a crash at the Tour de France aren’t healing as well as he would have hoped. (Photo: Bettini)

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. Contador said on his Twitter page: “Bad day today. The healing of the wound is getting complicated… Goodbye to the Vuelta.” 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.