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Thursday 18 September 2014

Contador's Tour de France is over

Spain's Alberto Contador is consoled after he abandoned race following a crash during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 161.5 kilometers (100.4 miles) with start in Mulhouse and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Alberto Contador is consoled after he abandoned race following a crash during the tenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 161.5 kilometers (100.4 miles) with start in Mulhouse and finish in La Planche des Belles Filles, France, Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

There were Bastille Day fireworks on stage 10 of the Tour de France yesterday as Alberto Contador abandoned following a crash and Vincenzo Nibali reclaimed the yellow jersey at La Planche des Belles Filles.

Contador crashed on the 161.5-kilometre 10th stage from Mulhouse and, after struggling on for 20km, gave up and withdrew to his Tinkoff-Saxo team car.

It was later confirmed that the Spaniard had broken his tibia.

His departure deprives the race of another previous winner after 2013 champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) withdrew after fracturing his wrist and hand.

None of the remaining riders have won the event, but Nibali took a significant step.

The action ignited on the concluding climb and Nibali, who relinquished the lead on stage nine to Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol), surged to a second Tour stage win to take control of the race.

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