Alberto Contador finished the stage without falling on the cobbles, but giving time especially against Nibali. For him it was “a very difficult day, in which I lost much time. Nibali has been in the exact point on the second section, where everything was broken. We have simply saved the day without falling, which is perhaps the most important. Still it has to come our terrain”, said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo after crossing the finish line. In the last kilometers Contador suffered “a problem with the bike. With so much mud have been blocked small sprockets and I could not keep up. It has been a difficult stage from the start, there was much danger. The differences are big, but the Tour is all ahead. And I want to thank my team, which has been tremendous”. On the abandon of Froome, he said it was what could be expected “from a stage like this with the cobblestones. It is a nice show for television, but it has a pretty big risk.
Froome was the number one favorite to get the wictory and is now out of the race. Of course I will feel sorry for him, because to prepare the Tour needs many months of physical and psychological work and many sacrifices that you cannot see. If you have so many crashes and have to go home… I’m sorry for him and for the race, because it would have been a great spectacle in the mountains and on this year’s Tour will not be able to be”. Finally he repeat the comentsabout the advantage obtained by Nibali. “Of course I wish we were on the same time or in front of him, but seeing how the situation was and how were cobbles, I didn’t want to take more risk than necessary. I’d rather lose a minute more than have a crash and, on the other hand, the Tour is all ahead”.
(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).