Contador to miss Vuelta

  • Last Updated: July 23 2014, 10:16 BST

Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Vuelta a Espana having said he has suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury that ended his Tour de France bid.

Alberto Contador is nursing a broken shin after his Tour de France crash
Alberto Contador is nursing a broken shin after his Tour de France crash

The two-time Tour winner broke his shin in a crash on stage 10 of this year's race, but had hoped to make his home Grand Tour after avoiding surgery on the injury.

However, on Wednesday morning the Tinkoff-Saxo rider wrote on Twitter that it was "goodbye to the Vuelta" as the healing process had become "complicated".

He added he had no date for a return to his bike.

Fans had been hoping for a renewal of Contador's rivalry with Team Sky's Chris Froome, who has targeted the Vuelta for his own comeback after pulling out of the Tour de France on stage five with a fractured wrist.