Alberto Contador

Contador abandons Tour on Stage 9

Alberto Contador.

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Alberto Contador has abandoned the Tour de France. The two-time Tour winner, one of the pre-race favourites, climbed into the Tinkoff team car with 100 kilometres of the 184.5km ninth stage between Vielha Val d'Aran and Andorre Arcalis.

The Spaniard had been suffering with injuries suffered in crashes on stages one and two, and his team said he had awoken with a fever on Sunday morning.

Contador, who won the Tour in 2007 and 2009, had lost time in the general classification battle in the wake of his injuries.

As Chris Froome moved into the yellow jersey with victory on Saturday's stage eight, Contador conceded a further one minute and 41 seconds to drop to 20th in general classification, three minutes and 12 seconds down.

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The 2015 Tour de France promises to be thrilling four-way battle between a richly talented elite group of riders: Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana.

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Contador considers 2016 retirement

Alberto Contador is pondering his future.

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Spanish rider Alberto Contador has said that 2016 could be his last year in professional cycling.

The 32-year-old, who is expected to compete in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France this year with Tinkoff-Saxo team, told Spanish media on Monday: "I would like to retire being at the top. This year, I will definitely be competing and also next year.

"I cannot confirm it, but that could be my last. Yes, beyond 2016, I don't see myself (competing)."

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Contador to miss Vuelta

Contador crashed out of this year's Tour with a broken leg.

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Alberto Contador has ruled himself out of the Vuelta a Espana having said he has suffered a setback in his recovery from the injury that ended his Tour de France bid.

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