Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “It's good to show again that what happened in Andorra was a bad day. I'm in a good condition. Today I might not have been as agile as I'd like to, but I've been a bit more cautious. I'va enjoyed the support of the rider from Cannondale (Michael Woods). I knew Froome would change the pace. There was a moment I'd rather sit to bridge the gap later. Today shows I'm in a good condition, obviously, but we're still to tackle long climbs. The time loss is a pity but now I'm going to take things day by day. The climb was spectacular, I'm happy and I want to thank the crowds. I can't say I'm back, I think I've never left. If there's a stage I can take, I want to go for it.”
Contador: “I'm not back, I've never left”
interview26.08.2017Stage 8- Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior
After spending most of the season on the sideline, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) bounced back with a prestigious stage victory on stage 8 of La Vuelta 2017. The French promise made the most of a demanding finish on the way to Xorret de Cati, dominating his breakaway companions Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) et Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe) to claim his first Grand Tour victory and bring his team a third win already at La Vuelta 2017. Chris Froome (Team Sky) tightened his grip on the...
Nicolas Roche (BMC), 3rd overall: “The pace in the climb was brutal. Orica accelerated from the bottom with the Yates and Alberto (Contador) went at it again. I took my own pace and then tried and follow the best. It was a really really tough climb so it was all about limiting the losses. Today I thought I'd be a little bit better. I suffered already a bit yesterday. I fought well. Tomorrow is another big day. I know that climb, I've done it a few times. Tejay (Van Garderen) is obviously...
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