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"After what Dr. Leyes told me, the Olympics are discarded, because it's not a matter of going there, but to reach them it in optimal conditions and it looks like will not be possible."

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ALBERTO CONTADOR

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12.07.2016 @ 23:31 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Alberto Contador passed a medical examination at the CEMTRO Clinic in Madrid, where Dr. Manuel Leyes and his team did three MRIs.

 

The diagnosis was two fibrillar breaks in his left leg, in the vastus intermedius (quadriceps) and internal gastrocnemius, which prevented him from pedaling normally after two successive crashes suffered at the start of the Tour de France that forced him to abandon in the ninth stage. In addition, he is suffering frommultiple contusions, especially in the supraspinatus and deltoid of the right shoulder.

Dr. Leyes, who appeared at the press conference accompanied by Dr. Mariano Malillos, Medical Director of the CEMTRO Clinic, estimated a four-week recovery period for Alberto Contador, adding that the first fifteen days are recommended to be a complete rest. Because of this, he considers that the leader of the Tinkoff Team will be unable to ride the Olympics, but that he may be in good form at the start for the Tour of Spain.

Alberto Contador confirmed the words of his doctor.

 

"After what Dr. Leyes told me, the Olympics are discarded, because it's not a matter of going there, but to reach them it in optimal conditions and it looks like will not be possible. Now my goal is to recover for the Tour of Spain, which I do think I can start in good form. I will try to shorten times, but now what's good is to rest and recover".

Contador acknowledged that not going to the Olympics "is a blow to my moral, because it 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 are. On the other hand, it seems I'm in time to ride the Vuelta and that gives me encouragement".

Looking ahead to the Vuelta, Alberto Contador hopes to have "a good team, eager and fresh, who has not competed a lot over the year. Perhaps others will have a more powerful block than mine, but I hope to arrive in good condition and play my cards", he concluded.

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