The Tinkoff-Saxo rider has worn the pink jersey since Stage 5, but had to hand it over to his main rival Fabio Aru (Astana) after a crash 200m from the neutralisation point on the 147km stage to Jesolo. Contador lost 36 seconds Aru, which he hopes to reclaim in tonight's individual time trial.
“We were well positioned in the stage and we could see the crash coming. We were waiting for the 3km mark but, unfortunately, the crash took place 3,200 metres from the finish and as a result there was no neutralisation," said Contatdor.
"My first reaction, before checking if I was OK, was to try to get a bike as soon as I could in order to make it to the finish line."
In the aftermath of the crash, Alberto Contador revealed he was more worried about damage to his leg than the time lost to his opponents.
“The time I lost wasn't extraordinary, about 36 seconds, but it will be quite difficult to recover. However, what worries me more is the blow I received on my left leg because it seems I got hit by the chain ring of another bike. This is what could potentially harm me the most. Hopefully, it's nothing more than superficial wounds.
"I will try to recover as soon as I can, put ice on my leg in order to limit the inflammation and then see what happens tomorrow."
As a result of the crash, Contador now sits in second place on the general classifcation ahead of the indivual time trial. He is 19 seconds behind Italy's Aru.
Tasmanian, Richie Porte (Sky) was more severely effected. He lost two minutes and eight seconds on the stage and now sits in 17th overall, five minutes and five seconds behind Aru.