Contador says he won't recover in time to compete in Spain's Vuelta

Madrid, Jul 23 (EFE).- Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, who had to pull out of the Tour de France after fracturing his right tibia during the 10th stage, said Wednesday on Twitter that his recovery has not progressed as quickly as he would have liked and that he will not be able to compete in the Vuelta a España.

"Bad day, the wound healing gets complicated, I've no date to take the bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta," Contador said of withdrawing from Spain's premier cycling race, which gets underway on Aug. 23 in the southwestern city of Jerez de la Frontera.

After undergoing treatment at Madrid's Clinica Cemtro, Contador said on July 15 that he thought it would be very difficult to compete in the Vuelta a España due to lack of sufficient recovery and training time but that he would do everything in his power to win the race against time.

Contador, a two-time Tour de France winner (a third title - in 2010 - was stripped away after he was found guilty of doping), said that same day that he did not want miss the remainder of the season because of the injury.

The July 14 crash that forced the Spaniard out of this year's Tour de France came during the 10th stage of the competition 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.

Contador, the winner of the 2007 and 2009 Tours, became the second major contender to abandon the 2014 Tour de France due to injury, joining the 2013 champion, Britain's Chris Froome, who dropped out on July 9 after suffering three falls in two days.

American Andrew Talansky, also a main contender, later was forced to pull out of the race on July 17 due to severe back pain and a chest infection.

The Spaniard, ninth in the overall standings at the beginning of the 10th stage, had been expected to challenge for the lead as the three-week-long race moved into the high mountains.

Dr. Manuel Leyes of Clinica Cemtro said on July 15 that Contador would not need surgery to repair his broken tibia, would undergo a "conservative" course of treatment and might be able to resume training in 10 days.