Updated: Thursday, 14 August 2014 17:54 | By Agence France-Presse

Fit-again Contador to start Vuelta

Alberto Contador, who was forced out of the Tour de France on Bastille Day with a broken shinbone, intends to start the Tour of Spain after all, he announced on Thursday.

Fit-again Contador to start Vuelta

Spain's Alberto Contador rides in the pack during the eighth stage of the Tour de France cycling race on July 12, 2014 in eastern France - by Lionel Bonaventure

At the end of July Contador had ruled himself out of the Vuelta, which begins on August 23 in Jerez, having crashed hard on a descent and suffered the injury which ended his hopes of a third Tour win.

“I've been riding the bike for ten days and yesterday was the first day I could climb a mountain pass without knee pain,” said the leader of the Tinkoff-Saxo team.

“That excites me, motivates me and has led me to make the decision to ride the Tour of Spain,” he added.

A surgeon travelled from Madrid to Contador's home in Lugano, Switzerland, to treat him, re-opehing the wound and cleansing it to allow it to heal better. 

“Thanks to the work of the specialists who have treated me I could recover in record time. Am deeply grateful to them all,” Contador said.

It was a far cry from his tweet in July when he ruled himself out of the race he has won twice, in 2008 and 2012.

"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 then.

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