Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It's been a good stage. We had to go hard on the pedals and the legs responded well. I knew I had to follow Miguel Angel Lopez. I accelerated to get back to him, I felt good behind him and when I saw him suffer in a steep section, I had no doubts. It's a pity not to take the victory, furthermore when I think about the team and the supporters, but we have three hard days ahead and we'll see what we can do. I feel better with the weather conditions in the North. To be one minute and half from the podium, it's not much and it's still a lot. From what I see we're much closer now, but it's still complicated. Everything can happen everyday, in this edition of La Vuelta we have to give it all every day. Today, it took everything: head, heart and legs.”
Contador: “Today, it took everything: head, heart and legs”
interview06.09.2017Stage 17- Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega
The brutal climb of Los Machucos offered the show everyone expected at the end of stage 17 of La Vuelta 2017: Stefan Denifl (Aqua Blue Sport) soloed away to a brilliant victory while Chris Froome (Team Sky) was unable to follow his rivals on extremely steep slopes (up to 26%). Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was the strongest of the GC contenders to finish second on the day. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) finished fourth with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) to gain 42” on Froome. The...
Dani Moreno (Movistar): “I really liked this stage. We tried but there was someone stronger than me. I had legs until the finish but (Stefan Denifl) was the strongest. I went with my pace. I'm in a pretty good condition. I'm always at my best in the third week of La Vuelta, but in a climb like that, when someone goes… That's how it is in cycling, it works through your mind and you surrender. I think I still have a shot but they're quickly disappearing.”
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