Alberto Contador abandons Tour de France after ugly crash


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Another day, another high-profile racer drops out of the Tour de France. Following the exits of Mark Cavendish, who crashed at the end of Stage 1, and Chris Froome, who dropped out in Stage 5 after sustaining injuries in three separate crashes over two days, Spanish rider Alberto Contador of Tinkoff-Saxo exited today in Stage 10 after getting injured in a crash reportedly caused by his bike snapping in half.

Contador, who’s won the Tour twice, injured his knee in the bloody incident that occurred before the third of six categorized climbs, the Col du Platzerwasel. After being treated by the team’s doctor, Contador got back in the saddle, but he didn’t look quite the same while struggling to catch up to the peloton, which was now some four minutes ahead of him. Roughly 30 minutes later, with nearly 80 kilometers (50 miles) to go to the finish line, Contador pulled to the side of the road, climbed off his bike and got into the backseat of his team’s car.

Contador, a renowned climber, started the day going into the first real mountain stage in ninth place. Meanwhile, the tour must go on.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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