Tour de France - Alberto Contador: I couldn't fight for the victory
Jul 19 2017 06:50 pm CET

Tour de France - Alberto Contador: I couldn't fight for the victory
Tour de France - Alberto Contador: I couldn't fight for the victory
Photo of Alberto Contador by the A.S.O.

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was one of the stars of the day by attacking and leading the race almost until the end.

The Spaniard was happy about his achievement of the day, but accepts that he spent the energy too soon. "I didn't join the breakaway from the start, so I had to work hard on the Croix de Fer," he told Spanish media at the end of the stage.

"It was like a training session when you set a very hard rhythm on a climb and then you feel the consequences. That is what happened. I attacked when the escapees were already going and I had to do a great effort that at the end cost me the stage. I told Nairo (Quintana) to come with me, but he stayed behind, I waited, and he dropped again. In that moment I decided to go alone."

The rider was in front until the final kilometers of the climb, but soon he didn't feel good enough to continue. "Despite that, I finished the ascent before the favourites, but I couldn't fight for the victory. It is a shame because I feel good and that motivates me, but the chances left are not many," he commented.

After the crashes he sustained during the second week of the race, Contador managed to recover and as promised, he is giving the public the show they were expecting from a rider like him. "It makes me happy that the public enjoyed it, and I had a fantastic time."




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