Tinkoff-Saxo and team captain Alberto Contador defended the overall lead on the final stage of Route du Sud setting the pace at the front of the peloton throughout the stage.
Upon crossing the finish line, Alberto Contador and the squad had secured Tinkoff-Saxo’s second consecutive win at Route du Sud, 17 seconds in front of Tour rival Nairo Quintana. “I will keep my focus on my preparations”, says Alberto Contador.
After four days of racing in Southern France, Alberto Contador was proclaimed the winner of Route du Sud on the podium in Gaillac following a team effort to control the race.
“I’m happy with this victory at the Route du Sud but this doesn’t change anything in view of the Tour de France. It would be a mistake to change the mindset right now, thinking that this win would give me more confidence. It was a hot day and it was about controlling the race and defending our position. The entire team worked hard and I’d like to thank everybody for their effort. I feel proud of them. We still have another 13 days until the start of the Tour de France and I will keep my focus on my preparation, in order to reach the start in the best shape possible”, says Alberto Contador.