Alberto Contador denies this is his last Tour de France
Jul 19 2017 12:18 am CET

Alberto Contador denies this is his last Tour de France
Alberto Contador denies this is his last Tour de France
Photo of Alberto Contador by the A.S.O.

After the 17th stage on Tuesday, Alberto Contador has denied that this is going to be his last Tour de France.

Trek-Segafredo's team manager Steven de Jongh said during the second rest day that this is the last Tour de France for Contador, but the rider disagrees. "I think at the end sometimes you say things without knowing how a determined situation is.

"Until now, nothing has been decided. We have been discussing many possibilities, but as it is today, I think you can't say those things," he said.

The rider has lost two positions in the General Classification standings and now sits in 11th position, at seven minutes and 10 seconds from Chris Froome (Team Sky).

In a stage affected by the wind, the Spaniard couldn't stay in a good position for the last kilometres. "The finish part was complicated, we could be in front the whole time, but there was a moment in which we were a little behind because there were some hard brakes and the group started stretching out, and we were behind," said the rider to Spanish radio COPE.

There was speculation about a fall that left him in the second group, but the rider denies it. "We were not affected by a fall, but there was a hard brake due to which the speed was reduced and it caused a split in the group. The day after a rest day is always one on which you feel a bit clumsy, and we lost some time. We will see how we feel tomorrow and if we can do something," he commented.

Even though he lost more time, Contador said that this doesn't particularly affect him. "Evidently, I would have liked to be in front but it is also true that it would have been a completely different situation if I would have a better position in the General Classification."

The 17th stage is the one the rider has marked as his favourite, but he doesn't make any promises. "What happens tomorrow will depend on how my legs feel and how the rivals behave. It is true that I'm behind in the General Classification but maybe I won't get the freedom other riders would enjoy on a day like tomorrow. It is also a complicated and long stage," he affirmed.



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