Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm happy but not very happy
Sep 05 2017 06:05 pm CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm happy but not very happy
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I'm happy but not very happy
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Trek-Segafredo leader Alberto Contador had mixed feelings after finishing fifth in Tuesday's Vuelta a España time trial.

'El Pistolero' delivered an impressive performance, keeping a solid pace from start to finish. He momentarily occupied the top spot at the finish but was eventually surpassed by Chris Froome, Wilco Kelderman, Vincenzo Nibali and Ilnur Zakarin.

I'm happy, not very happy," he said. "I would be very happy if I would have won today. I didn't have any references, I didn't know how my time was compared to my direct rivals, so I was a bit lost. But it was a good time trial and maybe what motivated me more was that this morning when I woke up I didn't have any leg pain, which showed that I took advantage of the rest day, and we will see what can be done in the next days."

The Spaniard knew that a stage victory wasn't a very likely scenarion. "No, I knew it was going to be very complicated. A time trial so flat is practically impossible for me. If there would have been a strong climb, very steep, it would have suited me better. I knew I could do a good time trial, but winning it was complicated."

Contador moved to fifth place in the overall standings but at the same time lost time on a few of his direct rivals for the podium.

"Today's stage doesn't change anything," he said. "Maybe now the podium gets a little more complicated. My two direct rivals, (Wilco) Kelderman and (Ilnur) Zakarin, did a better time trial than me. But even if the podium is too far, I will continue working day by day to see what we can do."



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