Former professional rider and present Eolo-Kometa staff co-owner Alberto Contador was left needing stitches to his eyebrow, cheek and lip after crashing exhausting at a Vuelta a España occasion in China.
The Spaniard, who retired from racing in 2017, was collaborating in a bunch trip on the Vuelta’s new occasion in Beijing, Desafío China by La Vuelta, when he was unable to keep away from a crash in entrance of him.
The 40-year-old hit the highway exhausting within the accident and bore the brunt of it face-first. He was left with a grisly-looking damage as blood streamed from a number of cuts on his face.
Sporting a shiner to his left eye and a stitched lower on his left cheekbone, Contador took to Instagram after the crash on Sunday to reassure followers that he was tremendous after the autumn. He mentioned that his accidents aren’t as unhealthy as they give the impression of being and that he was stitched up in a number of locations.
“Hello everybody. At the moment I went down on the Desafío China by La Vuelta,” Contador wrote. “There was a crash in entrance of me and, as a lot as I attempted to leap over the rider in entrance of me, it was unimaginable.
“I am sending this video to transmit calmness. Regardless of the photographs happily it is not as unhealthy because it appears to be like. Only a few stitches to the eyebrow, cheek, and lip. We’ll carry on going.”
He went on to thank fellow ex-pros Joaquím Rodríguez and Pedro Delgado for serving to within the aftermath of the crash.
Since retiring, seven-time Grand Tour winner Contador has stayed concerned with skilled biking, working as a pundit and analyst for Eurosport in addition to working the Eolo-Kometa staff, which has grown from his personal Fundación Contador beginner staff right into a Giro d’Italia stage-winning squad at ProTeam degree.
He additionally runs a motorbike model – Aurum – which is utilized by Eolo-Kometa, and in July 2020 he broke the ‘Everesting’ world document, climbing 8,848 metres in a time of seven:27:20. In December final 12 months, he underwent surgical procedure to take away 100 fatty lipomas (non-cancerous tumours).