Alberto Contador rules himself out of Vuelta a Espana due to injury suffered at Tour de France
Last Updated: 23/07/14 11:08am
Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Vuelta a Espana after suffering complications with the broken leg that forced him to quit the Tour de France.
The two-time Tour winner fractured his tibia in a crash on stage ten of this year's race, but had hoped to return to action at his home Grand Tour after avoiding surgery on the injury.
However, on Wednesday morning, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote on Twitter: "Bad day, the wound healing gets complicated, I've no date to take the bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta."
Contador's tweet ends hopes of a renewal of his rivalry at the Vuelta with Chris Froome, who has targeted the race for his own comeback, after pulling out of the Tour on stage five with fractures to his wrist and hand.
The Vuelta, which is the last of the year's three Grand Tours, takes place from August 23 to September 14.