Alberto Contador finished today’s stage without any mishaps and also achieving forward two important positions to fifth place for the car team placement at tomorrow stage. The leader of Tinkoff-Saxo was happy with the result. “As these days, has been a stage marked by nerves and danger at every moment, plus the threat of wind, forcing us to be well positioned. I think I have not dropped the 20 position in the peloton throughout the stage, thanks to the extraordinary work of my team. We haven’t had falls or other mishaps, but we had to be in front a lot and ‘eat’ a lot of wind to go in the top positions, but I have gained two positions that are really important to have the car as far forward as possible tomorrow, if there is any problem”, said Contador. For tomorrow, Alberto says that the most important is “to cross fingers, because it will be a really difficult day. The weather forecast is very bad. If with not water is already a complicated stage, with rain will be a skating rink. We will have to try to negotiate sections of cobbles in the best possible way, and we will have winds of about 30 km/h, which might make the cut of the group also before the cobbles sections. Tomorrow will be a tough day and I hope that if we have a crash, it can be not too big”. In any case, Contador says he feels very well after these first and very dangerous stages of the Tour 2014. “Right now I’m really happy with my feelings, with the team work, with the concentration in the race that we have. For now, we’re going as good as possible. Here, complete four stages without mishap is a success, but it is also thanks to the great work of my team. Of course, tomorrow is a day to cross fingers and hope that everything goes well”.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).