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Alberto Contador abandons Tour de France due to illness & injuries

Andorra Arcalis (Andorra): Two-time champion Alberto Contador quit the Tour de France on Sunday after succumbing to injuries and illness on Sunday.

Tinkoff team revealed Alberto Contador was suffering from illness since yesterday morning. Pic/Getty Images
Tinkoff team revealed Alberto Contador was suffering from illness since yesterday morning. Pic/Getty Images

The 33-year-old Spaniard climbed off his bike with just over 100km to ride on the ninth stage from Spain to Andorra.

Early crashes
Contador was injured down his right side after crashing on both of the opening two stages and his Tinkoff team said he was also suffering from illness yesterday morning.

"Alberto had a bit of fever this morning. He told us at the beginning of the race that he wasn't feeling super," Tinkoff sports director Sean Yates said.

Four times during the opening 80km of the stage, Contador was seen dropping back from the peloton to speak to his team car.

Following Saturday's eighth stage he admitted that he may have to hand over team leadership duties to Czech Roman Kreuziger.

"My body isn't responding. These crashes are catching up with me. It's terrible to have crashed twice in the first week and to have lost so much time. It's cycling. "Danger is everywhere. Believe me, I did the best I can."

Tom Dumoulin wins Stage 9

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin braved conditions in Andorra to win Stage 9 of the Tour de France yesterday after a solo attack up the final climb. Defending champ Chris Froome crossed the line six minutes later to keep leader's yellow jersey.

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