Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 13, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Michael Matthews takes first career Tour de France stage win, Froome retains GC lead; Etixx-QuickStep owns Tour of Poland opener; After failed appeal, Australian women’s road cycling team for Rio finalised; Oleg Tinkov having second thoughts about quitting cycling; Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta; Report: Contador to Trek-Segafredo in 2017; BMC’s Bookwalter ‘relieved’ to reach first rest day of Tour de France; U.S. Government calls Lance Armstrong ‘a doper, dealer, and liar’ in court motion; A look inside Team Sky’s budget; How the Week Was Won: 2016 Tour de France, Stages 6-9; Tour de France, stage 10 recap; Tour de France 2016: Batteries recharged; 11 bottles for Adam Hansen in less than 30 seconds. A new world record?; Life on the Tour: CyclingTips 2016 Tour de France Vlog, part 2; Mini-team Sky on recovery

Contador to miss Rio Olympics after medical review, hoping to start Vuelta

by CyclingTips

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) will not race the Rio Olympics after a medical review confirmed injuries sustained during the first week of the Tour de France. In a press conference in Madrid on Tuesday Contador said he hopes to be recovered in time to start the Vuelta a Espana.


Contador abandoned the Tour during stage 9. He appeared at the press conference with Dr. Leyes of the Cemtro Clinic in Madrid.

“After what Dr. Leyes told me the Olympics are [not possible], because it’s not a matter of going there, but to reach them in optimal conditions and it looks like that will not be possible,” said Contador. “Now my goal is to recover for the Vuelta a Espana which I do think I can do. I will try to shorten the time it takes, but now what’s good is to rest and recover.”

MRI scans confirmed, “multiple contusions, a hamstring injury on his left thigh, an additional hamstring injury on the same leg, and bruises on the left shoulder and the right thigh.”

“It is a blow to my moral, because [the Olympic road race] was my second big goal of the year, after the Tour. This
year the route is atypical, suitable for climbers, and I could have done a good race, but things are as they come. On the other hand, it seems I will be recovered in time to ride the Vuelta and that gives me encouragement.”