Contador out of Tour de France with broken tibia

La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Jul 14 (EFE).- The fall that forced two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador to abandon the 2014 race during Monday's 10th stage left him with a broken tibia, his Tinkoff-Saxo Bank team said.

The crash that forced the Spaniard out of the competition came amid heavy rain in the Vosges mountains.

Contador, 31, took a tumble while peddling at a speed of around 70 kph (43 mph) on the descent from Petit Ballon, a Category 1 climb.

"After the crash, Alberto got back on the bike and we tried for about 18 kilometers to keep him in the race. Despite his best efforts and an impressive show of willpower, he had to abandon the race," team manager Bjarne Riis said.

The winner of the 2007 and 2009 tours is the second major contender to abandon the 2014 Tour of France due to injury, joining the 2013 champion, Britain's Chris Froome, who dropped out last week after suffering three falls in two days.

"Alberto has broken his tibia just below the knee. It's not a complicated fracture but it probably requires surgery. He will stay with us tonight and tomorrow he will travel back to Madrid to undergo further examinations and a surgery if necessary," Riis said in a statement.

The Spaniard, ninth in the overall standings at the beginning of Monday's stage, was expected to challenge for the lead as the three-week-long race moved into the high mountains.

"Alberto was in the shape of his life and the entire team had our eyes fixed on the podium in Paris and the work we would have to do to get there," the Tinkoff-Saxo Bank team manager said.