Shorts: Contador, Petacchi, Beltran

Worrying loss of consciousness for Spaniard Contador, early finish for Petacchi in his first race ba

Worrying loss of consciousness for Spaniard Contador, early finish for Petacchi in his first race ba

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Astana rider Alberto Contador is being kept under observation in the Spanish city of Burgos after collapsing in the immediate aftermath of the fourth stage of the Tour of Burgos on Wednesday. Contador, who finished fifth at the summit finish of Laguna de Neilas where Euskaltel's Iban Mayo took the stage win, lost consciousness and fell from his bike as he was descending back towards the Astana team bus. Contador was rapidly was attended Astana team doctor Sergio Quilez and then transported to the hospital, where he underwent a CAT scan to determine the reason for his collapse. He recovered consciousness on the way to hospital but it was decided to keep him in under observation for at least a day.

Contador suffered a similar accident in 2004, when he fell during the first stage of the Tour of Asturias. A few days later , he suffered he collapsed again at home and diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. After surgical intervetion, Contador recovered and returned to competition in 2005.

- Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi is back in competition after recovering from a fracture to his knee at the Giro d'Italia in May. The Milram sprinter started the GP Castelfiardo, but quit after 100 kilometres. "I thought the race wouldn't be as hard. there were another two climbs in the course, so for people like me who just wanted to stay inside the bunch it would have been hard," said Petacchi. "Nevertheless I'm satisfied with my test: I have done 100 kilometres of racing, that was my minimal objective, I worked and I got the taste of competition again. My knee was OK during the race, and it's important. I know that I don't have to hurry now, but if the course wasn't as hard, I would have liked to have finished it."

- Liquigas have signed Spaniard Manuel Beltran on a one-year contract. Beltran was told after the Giro by his current Discovery Channel that he would not be offered a contract for next season. Liquigas plan to use him as one of their leaders for next year's Vuelta.

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