The Spaniard Alberto Contador was admitted to a hospital in Bogotá by a feverish cadre, which will prevent him from taking part in the Giro de Rigo that will be held this weekend in the Colombian Coffee Axis and of which he was one of the main guests.
“I regret not being able to be in the Giro de Rigo, I had trained with great enthusiasm, I had traveled with great enthusiasm, but during the trip I began to find myself bad, bad with very high fevers,” said Contador, one of the few runners who has won the three big laps: Tour de France, Tour of Italy and Tour of Spain.
The Giro de Rigo is a recreational race organized by the Colombian Rigoberto Urán (Education First). The race, which on November 2 will cover ten towns in the department of Quindío, whose capital is Armenia, will have two paths: one of 95 kilometers and another of 145 kilometers, and both may participate in amateur cyclists.
Sitting on the edge of a bed in the hospital in Bogotá, Contador explained that the health problems could have originated in the consumption of contaminated food that “has made him feel fatal”. Anyway, the cyclist said he hoped to recover and enjoy “a little of Colombia” and said that “next year I do not miss it.”
Contador won two editions of the Tour of Italy (2008 and 2015), two of the Tour de France (2007 and 2009) and three of the Tour of Spain (2008, 2012 and 2014). With regard to Urán, the cyclist may not be on a bicycle.
But he will accompany the caravan in a convertible car because he is still recovering from the accident suffered in Vuelta an Espana and that caused fractures of his left clavicle, shoulder blade and ribs.
In the first edition of the Giro de Rigo it was held last year in the department of Antioquia, which is the capital of Medellin, where the British Chris Froome, quadruple champion of the Tour de France participated. This year, according to the organization of the Giro de Rigo, world cycling stars will participate; among them the Colombian Egan Bernal.
Also Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton), second in the Giro and third in the Tour of Spain in 2016 Sergio Higuita, Daniel Martínez (EF Education) and Sergio Henao (UAE), as well as others already retired who left their mark, such as Lucho Herrera, Víctor Peña and the Italian Ivan Basso.