BwS_mMrCUAAKcd7.jpg-largeAlberto Contador devoted his first words after today’s stage to his teammate Daniele Bennati, who was at all times with him in the echelons of last kilometers and call him ‘locomotive’ for obvious reasons. “Benna is a life insurance these days. It took me well placed at all times and I can only thank him. It is a priceless ‘workhorse’, he takes you like in his pocket. It is important to stay focused and in full communication with him because being apart is useless”, said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo.

Alberto said that a stage like this is “of wear, stress and danger. Nothing has happened and I’m happy because I feel pretty well. I was very scared in the last 50 km, because I don’t know why I thought I had a flatand thought that if I had to stop to change the wheel, it will be very bad. But not, we have passed the day and now have to rest because tomorrow will also be important”. About the feeling of a puncture, Contador explained that “I noticed that the bike was bouncing a little. It has happened a first time and I changed wheel at km 100 and then I returned to have the same feeling, but luckily it was not a flat”.

Tomorrow’s stage is expected to be “just another day, is not a climb too hard and I hope to pass it in the best way possible, recover and see what can I do in the time trial. Tomorrow is a formality day. For now I have to go day by day, see how I’m recovering and nothing else. For now I’m very happy, I could not even imagine in this position after eight days of racing, but it remains still a lot”, said Alberto Contador about his race situation.

(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).