Contador to miss Vuelta
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.
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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.