24 hours after dislocating his left shoulder twice, Alberto Contador rode 264km to consolidate his pink jersey on the longest stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia. Like the rest of Tinkoff-Saxo, Contador expressed his satisfaction with making it through the stage despite having suffered ahead of tomorrow’s important mountain stage.
Alberto Contador, backed by a dedicated and concentrated squad, showed willpower and determination on stage 7 of Giro d’Italia. Crossing the line in Fiuggi, Contador explains that the day had been a big test.
“I’m happy because I made it through this very long day and that is something I wasn’t sure about before the stage and especially not yesterday. On the other hand, I have suffered a lot experiencing much pain. It was a stage of more than seven hours and after around four hours I had a moment where I didn’t know where to place my hand on the handlebar”, says Alberto Contador and adds:
“Now I hope that with more days on the bike I will be a little bit better, but for sure I have some very difficult days ahead of me. I hope that I can make it through them as best as possible”.
Tomorrow, Tinkoff-Saxo and Alberto Contador will face another crucial test, as the Giro d’Italia moves into the mountains with an uphill finish to the 1st cat. climb of Campitello Matese.
“Yes, tomorrow is a complicated day for me. It’s a day that I was waiting for prior to my crash, because it was a stage, where I could have attacked. But now I have to be calmer and quieter on the bike and wait and see what my rivals do. At this moment, the only thing I’m thinking of is to put ice on my shoulder and knee to recover in the best way possible”, states Alberto Contador.
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