Alberto Contador will not ride in the Vuelta a Espana due to injuries picked up in the Tour de France, as confirmed by Sky Sports.
Contador pulled out of the Tour de France on stage 10 after fracturing his tibia in a crash. The Spaniard was one of the favourites going into the race and with Chris Froome pulling out on stage five he was in the perfect position to win the Tour.
The former Tour winner had hoped to race in the Vuelta after avoiding surgery but with new complications to his injury it is clear now that he will not be a part of the last Grand Tour of the season.
Unsure of return
Contador admitted on Twitter that he would not able to race in the Vuelta and isn't sure when he will be able to return to racing.
According to Sky Sports, the Tinkoff-Saxo rider said: "Bad day, the wound healing gets complicated, I've no date to take the bike. Goodbye to the Vuelta."
Froome on the other hand believes he will be fit enough to go to Spain at the end of August and with Contador out of the race Froome may still be able to win a major event this season after disappointment in the Tour.
It is a shame that Contador will not be able to ride in the Vuelta because it would have been good to see him take on Froome for the full duration of the Spanish race.
There wasn't a chance to see the rivalry between himself and the Briton in the Tour de France due to both their injuries.
Contador's last Grand Tour win was the Vuelta a Esapana in 2012 and he also won it in 2008.
Both favourites out of the Tour
The Vuelta takes place between the 23rd August and the 13th September and if Froome is to take part he will certainly go into the race as the favourite.
More interesting though is who will support him. Richie Porte may be given a break after the Tour de France which could mean Sir Bradley Wiggins could get a call up if he does well on the track in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
The Tour de France has been tough on a lot of riders this year with so many crashes and retirements from the race this could mean the Vuelta could be more open because a lot of the favourites may still be injured giving other riders the chance to win the overall race.