The fourth stage of the Tour of Spain, arriving in Cordoba, scored so far the highest temperatures in the race, as Alberto Contador said at the finish line. “On the bike we had temperatures of 46 and 47 degrees. That takes its toll and made a demanding stage, but hey, we have passed it, the team has been very good and now it’s time to rest and take a cold shower”, he said at the conclusion of a new tough day for everyone.
The stage was characterized by the attack on last climb of Alejandro Valverde, that somehow, could be expected. “An attack of Alejandro there is not surprising at all”, said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo. “It’s true I thought that maybe he will attack before, but also knew it was a little crazy because was very windy and for sure you had to spend a lot of energies, since at the end have caught them”.
Alberto took a more conservative position, just waiting. “Alejandro has been there, looking forward, but looking at the situation was more advisable to be at the wheel, especially with all that remains of the Vuelta. We knew that the pass was not going to break the group too much, there would be teams with riders to work, and was like this”. Finally, Contador said his leg continues as usual. He must continue to wait before drawing conclusions. “We’re going day by day, I have some discomfort, but it doesn’t go further. I’m passing each day and that motivates me, but also keep me cautious”, he said by way of summary.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).