Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Tomorrow is going to be crazy
Sep 09 2017 12:26 am CET

Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Tomorrow is going to be crazy
Vuelta a España - Alberto Contador: Tomorrow is going to be crazy
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas /

Alberto Contador of Trek-Segafredo once again tried his luck by attacking in the 19th stage of the Vuelta a España, but ended up crossing the line together with his GC rivals.

The Spaniard attacked on the last climb of the day, which was followed by a moderate downhill section to the finish. Although he gained a minute on the climb, the final stretch allowed the peloton to neutralize the situation.

"Today was a really difficult finish to be able to get some time. We put two teammates ahead of the peloton. With one (Jarlinson Pantano) we decided that he should fight for the stage victory and the other one could help me. We suffered from the wind hitting us frontally and it was complicated to arrive ahead of the rest," the Spaniard said.

The Angliru stage, the last chance for General Classification riders to make a difference, is set to become a spectacle and may contain added danger due to rainy weather, Contador explained.

"I looked at the forecast a few days ago and it seems it's going to be rainy tomorrow, some conditions that work well for me. It's true that things can get more dangerous, but all of us will have to face that danger, and we will see how it works for us. I'm arriving in good conditions to the end of the race and it is also true that I have many rivals who are strong."

'El Pistolero' is feeling strong but realizes that a top-three spot might be difficult to achieve.

"The podium is very far, even though it seems like it's reachable, the truth is that it's far away. And we will have to see how well I recover from today.

"This year, maybe because I'm facing this in a different way and without any pressure, it seems like I'm finishing the race stronger than ever before. It feels like I'm almost better than at the beginning of the Vuelta. But now I will enjoy these two days left, and then we can face other things."

Ivan Basso, directeur sportif at Trek-Segafredo, said in an interview that he expects Contador to fight for the race rather than the stage. The rider himself put this into perspective.

"He talks from the heart. Evidently, I would like to win the race, but I know that the distance that I have in the GC won't allow me to win the Vuelta. If I manage to win the stage, it would be a success for me," he said.

"Tomorrow is going to be crazy. We will have to look out for the weather, the cold. It will be a very short stage, and we will see, because anything could happen."




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