Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Maybe later some will regret not taking this chance
Aug 25 2017 12:34 am CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Maybe later some will regret not taking this chance
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Maybe later some will regret not taking this chance
Photo of Alberto Contador by the A.S.O.

Alberto Contador was undoubtedly the most combative GC candidate in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a España, and expected a more similar attitude from his rivals.

The Trek-Segafredo rider set a high pace and managed to drop several general classification contenders including Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali. Despite his effort however, everything got back together with about 25 kilometers to go.

"Any cyclist that you ask will say that it was a very demanding day," the Spaniard said. "There wasn't any second to take a break. That is why it was a perfect situation to remove contenders from the general classification. I wanted to do a fast ascent and I knew there were going to be riders that were paying the price.

"I though there was going to be more cooperation, there were teams who were being benefited, riders with their leaders. Maybe later in the race they will regret not taking this chance to take some distance. There could have been bigger differences.

"On days like these you can make more of a difference than on the Angliru. It isn't a question of getting angry, it is about people refusing to take turns and take more distance."

Contador is still enjoying his last race as a professional however and still hopes to get a good result in stages or the general classification.

"I had a good time, I enjoyed it today. I was in a region that I know well and where I train. It was a good day.

"I am already very behind, but I will try to take advantage of that and get a stage victory and climb in the general classification as much as I can."




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