Nibali Wins Stage in Contador’s Absence

contador outAlberto Contador sits in his team car after dropping out of the Tour de France following a horrible crash on Monday. Photo by AFP.

One of the biggest stars in this year’s tour is out of the race. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) crashed during the tough stage 10, suffering a nasty gash to his right knee. Blood poured down his leg as he waited for more than four minutes to get treated by medics. He got back on his bike, escorted by his teammates, but the pain was too severe, especially on one of the hardest days in the mountains with seven steep climbs and cold, rain and fog bearing down on him like doomsday.

“Alberto has a broken tibia. It’s not a bad fracture but he needs surgery,” team coach Bjarne Riis told journalists. “He’s in a lot of pain and is getting stitches.”
contador's backAfter getting his leg patched up, Contador continued to ride only to abandon shortly afterward. Photo by AFP.
It was a sad day for the Spaniard Contador, who looked strong in previous stages and was one of the favorites to win this year’s Tour. His departure from the race comes five days after defending champion Chris Froome (Sky) crashed and was also forced to quit.
nibali victory stage10Vicenzo Nibali wins his second stage at the Tour de France. Photo by AFP.
Italy’s Vicenzo Nibali (Astana) won today’s race and regained the yellow leader’s jersey and another stuffed lion, a toy awarded to all the day’s race leaders.
“This was the hardest stage I’ve ever done in a Grand Tour, with seven climbs and so many crashes,” Nibali said. “I was very sad that Contador had that really nasty crash. I hope that he has a good recovery. There was nothing that I could do about it. I was only about three meters away when that happened to him.”
nibali selfieNibbles takes a selfie with his prize toy lion. Photo by Nibali.

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