Updated: Wednesday, 23 July 2014 21:00 | By Agence France-Presse

Contador rules himself out of Spain's Vuelta

Alberto Contador admitted Wednesday that he will not be able to compete at the Vuelta a Espana, which begins on August 23.

Contador rules himself out of Spain's Vuelta

Spanish rider Alberto Contador sits on a verge after his fall on July 14, 2015 during the tenth stage of the Tour de France, between Mulhouse and La Planche des Belles Filles - by Lionel Bonaventure

The Spaniard was forced out of the Tour de France just over a week ago on Bastille Day.

The two-time Tour winner crashed hard on a descent and suffered a broken shinbone.

He had hoped to join fellow former Tour winner Chris Froome at the Vuelta after the Briton also crashed out of the Tour a few days earlier with a broken hand and wrist.

But Contador took to Twitter to say such hopes were now deflated.

"Bad day today, there is a complication in the scarring of the injuries, I don't have a date for when I can climb back on a bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta," he said.

Contador won the Vuelta in 2008 and 2012, the year Froome finished fourth in that race.

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