Saxo Bank-SunGard captain, Alberto Contador suffered on today’s stage and wasn’t able to respond on the attack from Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) on the Izoard climb:
“I had a bad day. I had no power on the last 10 kilometers. I felt incredibly worn out and don’t know why,” said the Spaniard and continued:
“I don’t know what it was but the last few kilometers were really tough. It was easy enough to stay on wheel on the first part of Galibier but I wasn’t able to attack and ride like I wanted to,” he said acknowledging that the hope of victory is practically gone.
After Schleck’s attack, Alberto Contador was still confident:
“I thought we would gain time on him but he played his cards and teammates just right. His tactics proved to prevail and we must congratulate him on a job well done.”
Alberto also recognised Cadel Evans:
“He has done an incredible work and took the responsibility. The important thing now is to recover and fill up the reserves with energy because I’ve run flat. We have to think about tomorrow and rest well knowing I’ve been through different situations and the truth is that this is not the saddest day of my life”, said the Saxo Bank-SunGard climber and concluded:
“Andy has proven to be very strong. I think it’s possible to gain on him again but he has a solid lead and I think he can maintain it.”