Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today was a better day than what we were expecting
Aug 31 2017 06:08 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today was a better day than what we were expecting
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today was a better day than what we were expecting
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alberto Contador was once again the key entertainer in the group of favorites, attacking on the climb to gain some seconds on his GC rivals.

The Trek-Segafredo rider attacked with BMC Racing Team's Nicolas Roche, who couldn't keep up very long. Contador was later joined by his teammate Edward Theuns who dropped back from the front of the race.

At the end, the Spaniard gained 22 seconds on most of the GC candidates and 42 seconds on race leader Chris Froome.

"Of course, this has been a better scenario than the one we were expecting," he told reporters. "I attacked after I talked to Nicolas Roche, but he had trouble following my rhythm and he told me to go ahead, we have a very good relationship.

"I knew I had one teammate ahead of me, and we gave it all today. The descent was very complicated because even though it wasn't wet it had a certain shine that worried me a bit, so we didn't want to have any trouble."

Contador believes that the crash of Chris Froome won't have any negative effects on the British rider.

"I will go day by day and I will enjoy the Vuelta and the public. And about Froome, well he fell, and then he stood up and lost little time. Tomorrow he will have a calm day so surely he will be very strong on Saturday.

"Considering the profile of the day and the way it finished, I didn't expect anything so what I got is very welcome. Every day we get closer to the podium but I will keep living day by day and without stress."




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