Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador, one of two men to win all three Grand Tours multiple times, believes he will miss the Rio Olympics due to injuries suffered at the Tour de France.
Contador, a 33-year-old with seven Grand Tour victories, pulled out of the Tour de France on Sunday after crashing in the first two stages the previous weekend.
“Regarding the Olympics, it is practically impossible because the question is not whether I have recovered but if I can participate in top condition,” Contador said Tuesday, according to Agence France-Presse. “At first glance it looks like that will not be possible.”
Contador is unlikely to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Games, given he said in February 2015 that the 2016 season would likely be his final campaign.
In May 2015, Contador won the Giro d’Italia for the second time, joining Bernard Hinault as the only men to capture the Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana multiple times.
In the Olympics, Contador competed only at Beijing 2008. There, he finished fourth in the individual time trial, 8.4 seconds slower than U.S. bronze medalist Levi Leipheimer.Follow @nzaccardi