Cycling: Contador crashes badly as Tour hopes suffer

Cycling: Contador crashes badly as Tour hopes suffer
Spain's Alberto Contador smiles before taking the start of the 161 km eighth stage of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 12, 2014

LA PLANCHE DES BELLES FILLES, France - Alberto Contador's Tour de France hopes were badly dented on Monday when he crashed badly on the tough 10th stage.

The two-time winner crashed on a pass between the Petit Ballon climb and the Col du Platzerwasel, needing lengthy medical attention to patch up his knee before getting going again.

The 31-year-old Spaniard also needed to change bikes and a shoe before restarting while he received further attention from his team car as he continued the race.

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