Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador to miss the Olympics

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador will miss the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro because of injuries that forced him to abandon the Tour de France.

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is almost certain to miss the Rio Olympics following the injuries sustained at the Tour de France. Picture: AFP/Getty Images
Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is almost certain to miss the Rio Olympics following the injuries sustained at the Tour de France. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

“Making it to Rio is practically ruled out,” Contador said yesterday. “The question isn’t whether I am recovered or not, but rather if I could arrive in prime condition.”

Contador, a two-time Tour winner, says he hopes to recover in time to compete in the Vuelta on 20 August.

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With seven Grand Tour titles, Contador is one of the top riders of his generation.

“Not going to the summer Games is a hard blow, it was my second objective after the Tour,” Contador said.

The 33-year-old withdrew from the Tour de France on Sunday during its ninth stage because of a fever. He had already lost valuable time after falling during the opening two stages of the three-week race.

The Olympic road race is scheduled for 6 August.