Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I wanted to be brave
Sep 03 2017 05:52 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I wanted to be brave
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Today I wanted to be brave
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Alberto Contador gave it his all in the 15th stage of the Vuelta a España, attacking early in an attempt to gain time on his general classification rivals.

The Spaniard of Trek-Segafredo spent some time ahead of the peloton but was eventually reeled back in. He was then dropped from the group and ended up losing 40 seconds to race leader Chris Froome of Team Sky.

"Today I wanted to be brave, I wanted to try and see what would happen behind me. Sky has a very strong team and I knew I was taking a risk but I preferred to just do it to see what would happen.

"At the end, the climb was too long for me and I struggled, but in the end you can't regret what you do. That is my way of riding, now I have to recover and think about the time trial.

"I felt I have to ride in the way I like it and I enjoy it that way. Today we lost some time but now it is important to recover."

Contador was accompanied by Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, who went on to win the stage.

"He was good company, maybe he was a bit too generous at times. At the end he did several changes of rhythm and then I decided to continue at my own rhythm and I could almost hold on to the favourites' group until the end."

Contador does not expect to change his attitude for the last week of the race, which will again offer a number of difficult challenges.

"The last week is about enjoying it just like I've been enjoying until now, that won't change," he said.


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