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Injury forces Contador out of Rio Olympics

Injured Tinkoff team rider Alberto Contador after he fell during the first stage from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on 2 July, 2016.
Injured Tinkoff team rider Alberto Contador after he fell during the first stage from Mont Saint-Michel to Utah Beach Sainte-Marie-du-Mont on 2 July, 2016. Reuters/Jerome Prevost/Pool

Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Olympic Games after being told he will need a month to recover from injuries sustained during the Tour de France.

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The 33-year-old Spaniard suffered stage one and two crashes, resulting in damage to a hamstring, shoulder and thigh, and quit the race 100km from the end of the ninth stage because of fever.

Rio de Janiero's Olympic road race takes place on 6 August on a hilly course that is well suited to Contador but as this comes too soon, he will attempt to make a comeback at the Vuelta a Espana, which starts on 20 August.

"Reaching the Olympics is a challenge in itself, added to that is getting there in optimal condition.

"It looks like it will not be possible.

"My goal now is to recover for the Vuelta."

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