Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I try to test people every time I can
Sep 08 2017 12:36 am CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I try to test people every time I can
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: I try to test people every time I can
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Alberto Contador once again colored a stage at the Vuelta a España, trying to attack several times and eventually finishing together with Chris Froome on the 18th day of racing.

The Trek-Segafredo rider, whose career as a professional cyclist ends after Sunday's stage in Madrid, was particularly inspired by the location. In 2012, this was where he launched an attack that ended up handing him his second overall victory in the Vuelta.

"When we were going through the pass I remembered that moment when I turned around the GC classification back in 2012," he said. "I was fighting every day with (Joaquim) Purito Rodriguez and there was no way to get to him. Those memories made today a beautiful day, though it was also very hard."

The circumstances and the form Contador is currently in, led to the decision to attack. "We had to move. I saw there was some movement, and I was having good legs, so I didn't have to make a great effort. You have to know that everybody has leg pain. Yesterday (Chris) Froome, lost some time, there are riders that have a bad day, so sometimes you just have to test them.

"As a leader I've known bad days and I know that others, out of respect, don't attack you on those days. Well, I'm all the contrary and I try to test people every time I can. And even though I know it was complicated to make a move, I wanted to see how the strength of the other riders was."

Contador was the first rider to cross the line in the group with Froome and Cannondale-Drapac's Michael Woods, seconds behind Fabio Aru who had attacked earlier.

"Today there was a lot of tension, when we were ascending the first of the climbs, everyone came to ask me what was I going to do and I told them 'no, today I'm calm'. But I saw that other teams started moving, so I also did it. I just joked with Froome that it's only going to be three more days of me making a mess and then I leave him in peace."




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