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Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador out after crash

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The 2014 Tour de France will have a first-time winner this year after two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador crashed during Stage 10 and was forced to bow out of the race.

According to The Guardian, Contador crashed on the approach to the third of six categorized climbs, losing four minutes and falling nine minutes behind the day’s breakaway.

Contador, 31, won the Tour in 2007 and 2009. He was in ninth place entering competition on Monday, four minutes and eight seconds behind the leader coming into the 161.5 km (100.4 miles) Stage 10.

Defending champion Chris Froome left the race last week after a crash of his own during Stage 5. Vincenzo Nibali of Italy won stage 10 and has a two minute, 23 second lead over Australia's Richie Porte. The leader coming into Stage 10, Tony Gallopin, is now fifth, 3:13 behind.

-Scooby Axson

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