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by Mark Zalewski
July 30, 2016
In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Valgren wins stage and takes over lead at Tour of Denmark; Gavazzi wins stage 2 in Portugal; Vasylyuk wins Qinghai Lake time trial; New gene doping test to be retroactively applied to Rio Olympic samples; UCI bars three Russian cyclists from Rio Olympics, three more removed; Contador already back in action on Saturday; UCI President Brian Cookson on La Course, developing women’s cycling and Rio predictions; Cold-Blooded: Tanner Putt born to race the Classics; Can success be bought in pro cycling? A look at team budgets and the value equation; Sagan signing to launch BORA team to WorldTour; The cost of being an Olympian; Racers finish Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Focus on La Course by Le Tour de France; BORA-Argon18’s 10th rider
Although initial indications were that he would be out of competition for a longer period of time, Alberto Contador is set to return to racing on Saturday. The Spaniard crashed twice during the Tour de France and was far off his best, then abandoned stage nine after contracting a fever.
Following that withdrawal on July 11, doctors indicated that it would likely take him four weeks to recover from his injuries, which included muscle tears to his left thigh and bruising to his right shoulder. However, less than three weeks after that Tour retirement, he will pin on a race number again in Saturday’s Clasica San Sebastian.
“I watched many stages of the Tour on television, but it was not easy to follow the race because I knew almost every corner of the parcours and I found it difficult to accept that I wasn’t there,” he said on Friday. “However, sports is like that, and I’m already feeling better and working towards my next goal, the Vuelta a España.”
Contador said that he took complete rest after his Tour withdrawal. He then started “slowly going on the bike for a spin. Although the discomfort was always there and I had a slower rhythm longer than I expected, I haven’t been worried about it.”
As was the case in 2014 when he crashed out of the Tour de France, he has set the Vuelta a España as his new objective. He won that race two years ago, beating Chris Froome (Sky), who had also crashed out of that Tour. After San Sebastián on Saturday he will compete in the Vuelta a Burgos from August 2 to 6.
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