Contador abandons Tour de France

Alberto Contador has abandoned the Tour de France, climbing into the Tinkoff team car with 100km to go on stage nine in the Pyrenees.

Contador was suffering with a fever overnight and on the morning of the final Pyrenean stage to Andorra and started the tough mountain stage with uncertain form, particularly as he was also still nursing injuries from crashes earlier in the race.

After trying to get into the day’s early escape group, Contador dropped back to the bunch and then repeatedly visited the team car before abandoning.

It’s only the second time Contador has been forced to pull out of the Tour de France, after retiring in 2014. The two-time winner never got anything going this time around after that stage-one crash, and a fever is apparently what finished his challenge.