Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: The time trial is going to be very hard
Sep 05 2017 03:00 am CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: The time trial is going to be very hard
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: The time trial is going to be very hard
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) is facing the last week of his career as a professional rider and is determined to make the best of it.

The rider currently sits in ninth position in the General Classification and still hasn't made a plan for the last week at the Vuelta a España. "In the end, my goals for the following days will be dictated by the race," said Contador. "There are four very demanding stages ahead: tomorrow's time trial, then the 3 uphill finishes, ending with the Angliru stage. The time trial is going to be very hard, and after it we'll know if my goal will be stage wins or the GC."

The Spaniard has faced some criticism about his attacking style that in the eyes of some, puts his podium chances at risk. "I don't attack because I lose my head because of the public affection," he explains. "I do it because it's my way of racing and, given the condition I have, and the moment of form, because I can. Obviously, you can be more conservative and try to finish 4th or 5th or 3rd or 8th, and lose the minimum possible, but that way of racing is not for me."

After the rest day in the Spanish Grand Tour comes a Time Trial, Contador's last one as a professional and he thinks that it has the potential to change things. "I hadn't realized tomorrow would be the final TT of my career: it's a big one! I've always worked on the discipline and fought for victories in Grand Tour TT's," he commented. "Before, when I was a neo pro, you used to think how you could be more competitive in certain types of TT. You looked at the equipment, the route, every tiny detail.

"Now, with team budgets much bigger, more wind tunnel testing than ever, better bikes, it's difficult to compete with the pure specialists. If they don't put a mountain in the middle of the route, it's hard for me. Tomorrow we'll see how it goes for me. There are going to be big gaps, and it should favour me."




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