Teams & Riders Alberto Contador Discussion Thread

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10 June 2017 - 16:06

Dauphiné: Contador 9th in penultimate stage

"I am not looking at my position in the GC, and also the stage, I only look at my performance, my feeling, and this is what is more important,"
The second successive day in the mountains at the Critérium du Dauphiné saw a slightly stronger Alberto Contador, a few cracks in other GC contenders' armor, and race leader Richie Porte (BMC) continuing to show no hint of weakness.

While the breakaway fought out the win in the 167.5-kilometer penultimate stage seven -Peter Kennaugh (Sky) claimed the honor - the GC fight waited until the final kilometers of the last climb, a different, shorter route up Alpe d'Huez.

When Porte attacked, Contador was quick to react, holding his wheel into the final kilometer, while most of the leading group of contenders could not answer the Australian's fierce acceleration. Contador crossed the line in 9th place, eight seconds behind Porte.

"In the finale, in the last kilometers Richie went very strong, and I would have preferred it was a little more easy," explained Contador. "It was nice that some riders who finished in front of me yesterday, finished behind me today.

"I recovered very well. Yesterday when Richie and Froome went to the front I could have followed these two guys for a little bit more time, but with the race profile, I could not afford a big explosion before the finish.

"Today I knew it finished at the top and so I tried to follow Richie for as long as I could. I was at the limit on his wheel, and I preferred to go a little bit easier 800 meters to the end. But I am happy the rest of the rivals are behind me. It's not important if it's 5 seconds, 8 seconds, 10 seconds. What's important is that I go day by day better with a good work in the legs."

“We did really good work, and the day was fast because of the breakaway but we did a lot of good work. I feel good because with each stage I’m feeling better, and when I woke up this morning I felt fresh,” he told Cyclingnews.

I’m recovering well. Yesterday when Richie and Froome went off the front, maybe I could have followed for a bit more time, but that would have risked a big explosion before the top,” he told Cyclingnews.

“I preferred to wait for Valverde and go with him. Today I knew the finish and I said to myself that I’d try and follow Richie for as far as I could. In the final few hundred meters he went a bit stronger and I preferred to go easier as I was at the limit. The rest of the rivals were behind me but it’s not important if it was five seconds, eight seconds or more. It’s just important that I go better and better.”

lenric said:
He was better today.

I'm still sad that his cadence seems to be lower and lower as years go by, which means no more super-fast accelerations.

He looked pretty comfortable today, though, as lenric also said, it's not the "good, old" Contador, Not the crazy Contador vs Rasmussen nor the semingly effortless Contador of 2009. As Nick Drake wrote:

"Time has told me
You came with the dawn
A soul with no footprint
A rose with no thorn
And time will tell you
To stay by my side
To keep on trying
'til there's no more to hide"

Vamos, Alberto!
Apr 10, 2011
I mean Contador is so laughably bad I actually believe him about not being in form here, hopefully. I mean he wont win Tour but I dont want to humiliate himself again
Jul 10, 2009
Can we now abandon all the theories about AC's condition. He has got to retire at the end of the season. The good days are now once in a blue moon.
Mar 11, 2013
I am sure he will say he is very happy with his current shape...he would be worried if he was going there are still 3 weeks to go to the Tour...etc.