“It was the first day in the mountains and had to prove the strength of each one”, said Alberto Contador to summarize the day. “The team has done an outstanding job and I’ve tried. The feeling was good, but the differences were very small, but did not expect to unhook Nibali. It was a really short climb, but I’m happy with the result”.
Alberto said his intention was to “see a little how Nibali was and has been a surprise that in the end he was behind. I was not hundred percent sure if there was a rider ahead for the stage win and so I’ve been looking at him all the time, until I saw the marker indicating two minutes, that had already entered a rider, and then I decided to take the maximum difference in the end”.
Contador acknowledged that this result satisfied him because “the team has been extraordinary and my legs have responded well, we have to add up every day, because Nibali is a great rider, like the rest of those before me. They will ride at counterattack and I have to recover time, I hope there is enough land for it”. The conclusion has released today the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo is that “my legs work well. We have already 8 days race and there are very strong riderss like Nibali, Porte and Valverde, who are ahead overall. Today was not about proving anything to anyone, I was just trying to make up time. Nibali is a rider that knows how to win the Giro and the Vuelta and with this difference is now the favorite. They are 2:30 minutes and that’s much time”.
Finally, Alberto said that in next two days wait two important stages. “The first thing is to recover and not catch cold”, he said, “but it is true that on Monday there is already quite a hard climb at the end and the whole stage will also be hard, as this of tomorrow, although in this case the last climb is very far from the end. If in Monday my forces are going well, I hope to test myself and see if I can take some time over Nibali”, he concluded.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).