Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm not back, I was never gone
Aug 26 2017 06:29 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm not back, I was never gone
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm not back, I was never gone
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alberto Contador once again proved to be getting into good shape as he managed to keep up with Chris Froome on the Xorret de Cati climb of stage 8 in the Vuelta a España.

"It's nice that we can keep confirming that Andorra was a mirage," the Spaniard affirmed. "My shape is good. Today maybe I was not as agile as I would have liked, but I was also a little more conservative. I rode supported by the rider of Cannondale-Drapac (Michael Woods).

"I knew that (Chris) Froome changed rhythm and there was a moment in which I preferred to sit down to be able to close the gap. Today's stage shows that I'm fine, evidently, but we haven't arrived to the long climbs.

"It is a shame of all the time I lost, but from now on we will go on day by day."

Contador finished the stage in a group of three with Froome and Trek-Segafredo's Jesus Hernandez after a strong display on the Xorret de Cati climb.

"The climb of the day has been spectacular, I'm happy and thankful with the public. I can't say I've come back; I think I never left. I am feeling pretty well and I will have to confirm that day by day. If there is a good stage, I'd like to fight for it. I haven't seen tomorrow's climb, I will watch it on internet tonight."




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