Tinkoff-Saxo delivered a strong opening team time trial in Giro d’Italia thereby ensuring an almost ideal starting position for Alberto Contador. The team leader notes that he’s pleased with the result and the team effort after the squad landed a second place finish, 7 seconds behind stage winner Orica-GreenEdge.
Upon crossing the line in Sanremo after a 17.6km flat-out effort, team leader Alberto Contador asserts that the team gave everything on the fast team time trial.
“I’m very happy. Not only for the result but also because everybody on the team gave a hundred percent during the race. In general, our performance was really good despite one moment where we lost organization. But we can be really happy about the result, as we have taken time on all our rivals. The time gaps between the favorites are not big, but I’ll for instance have some time on my direct rivals when we face the ITT. It’s always ideal to be ahead”, says Alberto Contador, who’s not surprised by the team’s performance on stage 1.
“I knew that we had a very strong team to do a good race, so finishing as we did today doesn’t surprise me. From now on, we will have to take it day by day. I know that it’s something you always say, but it doesn’t make it less true, as in a grand tour you always have to be attentive on every stage. I’m already enjoying racing here in Italy with the atmosphere and fans and each moment is always very pleasant for me at Giro”, adds Alberto Contador.
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