Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I felt very weak
Aug 22 2017 12:23 am CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I felt very weak
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I felt very weak
Photo of Alberto Contador by the A.S.O.

Trek-Segafredo leader Alberto Contador admitted that he felt weak throughout the third stage of the Vuelta a España, in which he lost well over two minutes to his main GC rivals.

The veteran was dropped on the last climb of the day and ended up crossing the line at 2'33" from race winner Vincenzo Nibali of Bahrain-Merida. In the overall classification, Contador sits in 30th place at 3'10" from new race leader Chris Froome of Team Sky.

"Today the feelings were really bad to be honest, I don't know why this is happening," the Spaniard said.

"I felt very weak even when we were on relatively calm stretches. I decided to talk to my teammate and tell him 'look Peter (Stetina), we will try to survive the day as well as we can'. Now all I can do is wait to see how things go in the next days.

"I hope it is only a bad day as a consequence of a lack of being in competition. But what is important now is to recover and try to think of the reasons why I felt so bad today because it has been a while since I felt like this."

Although the battle for the general classification may already be out of reach for Contador, he is still determined to finish his last race as a professional in the best possible way.

"The priority now is to try to find the causes of these feelings and then I can decide how I will continue to face the race," he explained.

"It has been a tough day because I would like to be contender for the overall victory. But it is true that this is the Vuelta that I take on with a completely relaxed attitude about my entire career and I'm enjoying it to the maximum. Evidently I would like to be more in front but today was not the day. I will try it in the next days."




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