Alberto Contador gets facial stitches after Vuelta España event crash in China

Alberto Contador crashed hard at Desafío China by La Vuelta 2023
Alberto Contador crashed hard at Desafío China by La Vuelta 2023 (Image credit: Alberto Contador/Instagram)

Former pro rider and current Eolo-Kometa team co-owner Alberto Contador was left needing stitches to his eyebrow, cheek and lip after crashing hard at a Vuelta a España event in China.

The Spaniard, who retired from racing in 2017, was taking part in a group ride at the Vuelta's new event in Beijing, Desafío China by La Vuelta, when he was unable to avoid a crash in front of him.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.