Alberto Contador had to make the decision to end the 2014 season before than expected because a new blow in the right knee (the same who was injured in the Tour de France) suffered yesterday during the Tour of Lombardy. “Ending the year like this it’s something I don’t like, because I had a schedule and had to interrupt it again,” said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo.
“The Tour of Beijing is not among the most important races on the calendar, but what worries me now is the knee. So I want to stop and be sure it is in good condition to start next year with full guarantees”, said Contador.
Despite this new setback, Alberto Contador said he’s ending the season with a good feeling. “The overall balance has been really good, except for the Tour de France, which did not finished as I would have liked. In the rest of the year 2014 I have been very regular, so I’m happy, although I have to say that it has been possible because I worked a lot. 2014 has been one of the toughest seasons of my career, but has also gave results”.
In the coming days, Alberto Contador will undergo various medical tests to study in detail the condition of his right knee and only after the results will begin to plan the 2015 season, where the Giro remains the first major objective.
Precisely for this reason, he maintained his commitment to attend the presentation of the Giro 2015 parcours, “although it would have been better to stay at home, resting on the sofa, but for me it was important to be here because it is a race that motivates me and I like a lot”, said Alberto”.
About the parcours of next edition, Contador said it is a “different Giro than those I have run before, with a time trail a little atypical in the Giro. The seven top finishes will mark the race. There are no too many mountain pass with impossible ramps, although there are some important, among others the Mortirolo. It is a fairly compensated Giro, maybe something less hard than other times”.
Rather than saying that the race suits him, conversely Alberto said that in a three-week race, “which have to adapt to the parcours are the riders. If I could choice I would not put a time trial like this, but I cannot do anything but prepare to the fullest and try to do my best”.
Finally, Alberto Contador said to return to the Giro has been a special motivation because “the affection of the Italian public, that was asking me to return to their race from 2011, as it happen last time yesterday in the Tour of Lombardy. And also to have a new challenge in my career, as is to prepare from the first day of the season the Giro-Tour double. I know it’s really hard, but I want to try”.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).