The Spaniard hit the deck with 79 kilometres to go, landing on his right shoulder and tearing his jersey and shorts after the peloton took a tight right turn. He hit kerb and lost skin in the fall but quickly remounted. He had a bike change soon after and was escorted back into the peloton by four Tinkoff teammates.
The jersey of Contador's right shoulder was shredded but he did not seem seriously inured.
Television pictures showed that Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe were also taken down in the fall. Thomas took a new rear wheel from neutral service and rejoined the peloton after Rowe.
More to follow.