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Contador drops out of Tour de France

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Two-time winner Alberto Contador of Spain abandoned the Tour de France cycling competition in its ninth stage due to physical problems on Sunday.

According to his director, Sean Yates, the Tinkoff team cyclist had a fever in the morning and had to visit his team's car four times during the climb to Port del Canto, reports Efe.

With 10 km (6.2 miles) left until the finish at Arcalis, Andorra, Contador dismounted and got into the team car, signalling that he was unable to continue in the competition.

The two-time Tour winner fell twice in the first two stages, injuring the whole side and calf and making it difficult for him to pedal.

The falls, combined with the fever, made him unable to feel at the top of his game and continue competing.

In 2014 he also had to abandon the race, after a rough fall in the Petit Ballon descent.