Team Saxo Bank rider Contador crosses the finish line to win the 17th stage of the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta" cycling race between Santander and Fuente DeAlberto Contador (REUTERS/Miguel Vidal)

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(Reuters) – Alberto Contador will take part in this month’s Tour of Spain after recovering faster than expected from a shinbone fracture, the Spaniard said on Thursday.

“I’ve been riding the bicycle for 10 days and yesterday was the first day I could climb a mountain pass without knee pain,” the Tinkoff-Saxo rider said in a statement.

Double Tour de France champion Contador broke his shinbone during the 10th stage of the Tour last month and was expected to sit out the Vuelta.

He will, however, start the race on Aug. 23 without any general classification ambitions, only targeting stage wins.

Contador has won the Vuelta twice, in 2008 and 2012, and also won the Giro d’Italia six years ago.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John O’Brien)