Alberto Contador likely to miss Vuelta +video (in Spanish)

Tinkoff-Saxo rider opts not to undergo surgery – but prospect of showdown with Froome in Spain is remote

by Simon_MacMichael   July 15, 2014  

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Alberto Contador, who yesterday broke his shinbone during Stage 10 of the Tour de France, has undergone further tests in Madrid today and may not be fit enough to take part in the Vuelta when it starts in less than six weeks’ time.

Contador won the Spanish Grand Tour in 2012 after returning to cycling from a mainly backdated two-year ban, and Team Sky’s Chris Froome, who also crashed out of the Tour in recent days, has expressed the hope that they will lock swords at the Vuelta this year.

However, with less than six weeks to go until the Vuelta gets under way, the Spaniard knows he faces a race against time, and has elected against having surgery in a bid to speed up his recovery.

Quoted on the Tinkoff-Saxo website, Contador said: “The doctor told me that surgery would increase the trauma the knee has suffered and will delay the recovery time even further so I’m not undergoing surgery.

“The good news is that I have no tendon or ligament injured and the fissure is in the best possible place. I’m homebound for minimum two weeks and, until the wounds heal, the leg has to be immobilised.

“Doctors have told me it will be almost impossible to become ready for the Vuelta but we’ll see how the recovery dvelops.

“I’m calm because the doctors gave me the worst case scenario but I will work hard in the coming weeks and we’ll see how far I can get”, he added.

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Anyone know what happened to his bike....? Silly

posted by TheSpaniard [67 posts]
15th July 2014 - 21:14

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Get well soon Bertie. Its a shame we couldnt see you, froomie and nibbers fighting it out on the big lumps.

posted by Will Steed [48 posts]
15th July 2014 - 21:28

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Speedy recovery

Canyon Roadlite Centaur/ Veloce groupset, Shamal wheels

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posted by Miles253 [205 posts]
15th July 2014 - 21:38

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TheSpaniard wrote:
Anyone know what happened to his bike....? Silly

According to the ITV4 guys, the bike he was riding suffered only a scuffed saddle. When his team car tried to reach him the bike rack on the roof tangled with the bike rack on another team car's roof and tore apart the frame of one of Contadors spare bikes.

posted by Bristol Bullet [13 posts]
15th July 2014 - 22:06

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It broke either before, during or after the crash.

posted by Toxmarz [7 posts]
15th July 2014 - 22:57

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I smashed the fcuk out of my sworks with a lump hammer last night as a precautionary measure

posted by Mendip James [24 posts]
16th July 2014 - 8:27

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Thank god I still ride an alloy frame. Though about getting a carbon framed cycle. Don't think I bother if it going to crack as soon as I hit a pothole at speed. Still get well soon Bertie? Applause

posted by Cycliste65 [3 posts]
16th July 2014 - 9:31

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I think there are lessons here:

1. Try not to get a carbon frame run over - they work less well after.

2. No handed through a pothole is generally a bad idea.

3. Surgery is the last resort on carbon frames .... and knees. (Not Christian Knees, though!) Big Grin

posted by veseunr [282 posts]
16th July 2014 - 9:56

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Cycliste65 wrote:
Thank god I still ride an alloy frame. Though about getting a carbon framed cycle. Don't think I bother if it going to crack as soon as I hit a pothole at speed. Still get well soon Bertie? Applause

you *are* aware that isn't what happened, right?

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7506 posts]
16th July 2014 - 9:58

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So if I understand correctly Bertie's carbon knee broke in a crash and can't be fixed in time for the Vuelta but if it was made of alu it would be OK now?

posted by mudshark [36 posts]
16th July 2014 - 10:30

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Surely the message here is that riders who have had "special" steaks shouldn't ride carbon frames at high speed through potholes with no hands if they value their kness!

And that if you really don't want to get back on with broken bones you need the team car to roll over and destroy all the spare bikes

Wink

Shay

posted by shay cycles [254 posts]
16th July 2014 - 11:44

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mudshark wrote:
So if I understand correctly Bertie's carbon knee broke in a crash and can't be fixed in time for the Vuelta but if it was made of alu it would be OK now?

You can be sued for saying that. It's an S-Works knee and they're awesome, and don't break. It was his balls that are alloy, as they need to be if you're thinking of descending one-handed at 70kph on a badly-surfaced wet road.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3475 posts]
16th July 2014 - 14:28

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I heard he had broken his fibbing bone. Hope he's better soon.



I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1434 posts]
16th July 2014 - 22:51

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