Alberto Contador finished the second stage of the Tour 2014 at the front group, happy to come another day to the finish without a problem. “We had to be focused at all times, because it was a super challenging day, had to be 200 kilometers in the head and the team protected me very well”, said the leader of Saxo-Tinkoff. “The final was easier”, continued Alberto, “had to be a bit controlling in front Froome and other rivals. At the end Nibali has escaped, but the
important thing was to save the day. Although it appeared like this on TV and on yesterday stage, the tension is great and although we are extremely grateful to the people who are on the road, there is a great danger. Going at 80 or 90 km/h on downhill and with the public having to go away, with people in wheelchairs, people with dogs… finishing untouched every day is a victory”. Alberto welcomed the work of his team throughout the day. “The team has protected me at all times from possible falls, because here, in the quiet moment you can lose the Tour. Then Rogers and Roche have been with me, and the final was easier, just had to be with the men of the general. I’m very happy”.
About the victor of Nibali, he said that Astana “had several riders in front, all with a high level, and Nibali has taken his chance. Behind there was no one who would sacrifice because nobody had teammates.
Congratulations for Nibali and Astana”. Contador finally said that today was not a day for doing a real test. “It was a good day to be positioned there. It is always important to be there and push a little bit, but today was not the day, there was no terrain, there had a lot to paddle until the finish line. It was a day to pass without problems and so it has been”, he concluded.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).