For the eighth time in his career, Alberto Contador underwent a massive reception in Pinto, where he went on Monday to share with his countrymen a new victory in a three-week tour, in this case his third Tour of Spain, all-time record of effectiveness after the same number of participations.
Alberto Contador reached Pinto after a final time trial in Santiago in which none of the mens of the podium did a good race, given the rain that fell on the circuit, making it extremely dangerous. Thanks to the large cumulative advantage, the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo had no trouble crowned himself overall winner in Obradoiro Square, from where he flew to Madrid to go to another place, the City Council of Pinto, where he received the homage of their neighbors and shared with them the joy of victory.
To the media, Contador said that since 2007, the first time I went to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Pinto, “the experience is amazing, it gives you goosebumps waving to all your people. I’m proud and is a lasting memory”. He also said that next year, “the first that is thinking about the next Tour it’s me, I will do my best to prepare and get in condition, being aware that it is very difficult”.
Alberto will not end the season yet, even now, he said, “the first thing is rest. I have to talk to the team and probably will close the season at the Tour of Lombardy”. As for the comparisons and equate his career with Miguel Indurain, wanted to downplay it. “Of course it’s an honor, but it isn’t a matter of comparing each other. He was an amazing rider with a great palmares and all that I do is try to enjoy what I’m doing and try to achieve the goals”. Objectives that does not fit, for the moment, to do the three big tours in the same season. “At the moment it is not a goal”, he said, “I have to think, because it is something that motivates me, would do something different, but I have to look at the pros and cons and today I think I will not”. Finally, Alberto admitted that despite having suffered a terrible crash in the Tour just two months before this latest triumph, the 2014 Vuelta was not the most special to him. “They’ve all had something special and perhaps the most special is 2012, because my form was not the best and I had to invent a stage that changed the general”, he said.
Gavia and Mortirolo at RHxDUE
Alberto Contador will travel today to Lugano (Switzerland) and this weekend will go to Bormio (Italy) with hundreds of participants in the second round of RHxdue, climbing the mythical Gavia and Mortirolo. On this occasion, together with the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo are also ten runners of their junior teams and under 23, who will attend this call organized by ZERORH +, sponsor and supplier of glasses competition Tinkoff-Saxo team and Alberto Contador Foundation.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).