News: Contador Second in Catalunya


Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) is second in Volta a Catalunya only seven seconds behind fellow Tour de France contender, Nairo Quintana

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News: Contador Second in Catalunya

Tinkoff Sport Director, Steven De Jongh, gave some insight into the team’s strategy for the final stage. “Before the start we planned that we wanted to put pressure on Quintana, and if that risked losing second place then that was a risk we would take.

But he was always there and we couldn’t break the race. We were hoping for an attack from the others riders in the top five but that didn’t come, which was unfortunate. Quintana was always there and never really under pressure.”

In spite of coming second on the GC, Alberto was pleased with the outcome and, in particular, his form in the early season. “It’s a pity that I missed the win for four seconds at Paris-Nice and seven here, it would have been good to round it off. However, if I had to choose between the form I have right now and achieving victory with worse sensations, I would definitely prefer the good sensations, especially ahead of the season’s big goal, the Tour de France.”

Looking at his strategy during the race, Alberto continued. “In hindsight, had my tactics on the climb to Port Ainé been different I might have had more chances for the GC. Instead of trying to control the two BMC riders and Nairo, I should have let him take more responsibility. However, what was done was done and today it was really complicated to build any significant time gap. Still, as I said, I’m overall satisfied with how I feel right now.”

“My preparation this winter has been very good. I’m satisfied because this first block of races of the year is concluding with a very good form. My body is recovering and I look forward to more. We now have a week ahead of us before the next race, Pais Vasco.”






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