wx2S0A7795Alberto Contador acknowledged after today’s stage that in the race “we are very close. Was an odd climb, there hasn’t been a hard pace, it a climb of ramps, for people with lots of sparkle, and I’ve just been attentive to the attacks of others”, said the leader of Tinkoff-Saxo.

He was asked about the work of team Sky and Froome situation, and replied that he was not sure what had happened behind. “I was aware of the people who were in the front. It is true that at the end he has been ahead of the pack, but I don’t know the heart beats that has had before or after”.

On the possibility of being able to win the stage, Alberto said he had no chance. “Today has won the best”, he said referring to Aru. “I have been dedicated to watch those that are closer in the overall”. Among which, incidentally, is no longer Quintana, victim of a second crash, which Contador sincerely regretted. “It’s a pity for the race. It is being a little crazy year in which we all thoroughly prepared the big tours, we had to go home. It happened to Purito in the Giro, then to Froome and me in the Tour and now to Nairo. This sport is like that and we have to take advantage when we’re fine”.

Finally, Contador said that today he has been attacked by the rivals, “but all that happens is that forces were just today and this climb was by steps, allowing to recover a little and that has given no continuity in the attacks”. Also for that, Alberto predicted “a hotly contested Vuelta, but still remains a lot. Valverde is showing he’s really strong and he and Joaquim are faster than me in the sprint, but I’m happy, today I had good feeling and that’s what matters”.

(Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies).