Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador showed determination, when he out of the saddle accelerated in response to attacks from Fabio Aru and Richie Porte on the final climb of stage 8 in Giro d’Italia. Contador himself notes that he is happy with the outcome.
After having dislocated his shoulder two days ago, Contador and the riders and sports directors of Tinkoff-Saxo were acutely aware of the big test that lay ahead on the stage 8 summit finish to Campitello Matese. After having successfully defended his race lead, even extending it with two bonus seconds, Contador asserted that he had responded well.
“I’m really happy. Yesterday and today have been really hard days. Today the start of the stage was incredibly fast until the break went. Then at the end Astana made it difficult for us. Aru and Richie both wanted to attack but I think that I responded quite well and now I’m off to rest. It was obvious that Aru was going to attack today. Richie and Fabio are both here to win and that’s what they’re trying to do. They tried to get me, they tried to attack me and despite my crash I’ve been able to respond to these attacks”, explains Alberto Contador.
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