Alberto Contador: The Mont Ventoux is legendary
Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador knows tomorrow’s stage is special. Not just because of the amount of kilometers but because of the legendary climb to Ventoux:
“Tomorrow will be a hard stage because the amount of kilometers and because the Mont Ventoux is a legendary mountain where everyone is specifically motivated to prevail. The climb can be divided into two parts. The first is very steep and takes you through dense vegetation but the second part is windy, usually headwind and takes in the open. I guess in tomorrow’s race will be dominated by numerous attacks from teams like Movistar from the start of the stage. We will have to see how the legs do and we’re gonna do tactically.
Alberto confirmed that the Mont Ventoux is different from the rest:
“The first part is very hard and the final 5 kilometers are easier if you can stay behind but if you have a bad day on Ventoux you can lose minutes. I remember in 2009 during Criterium Dauphiné where I almost threw up my heart and going back one month later in peak shape during Tour de France, I found it relatively easy even being in several attacks with Andy Schleck. Tomorrow I think there will be many attacks and I just hope the legs work well. I don’t expect alliances, unless interests coincide along the way. Everyone does his race, although there may be circumstances from which you can benefit but I don’t see alliances in advance,” concluded Saxo-Tinkoff’s Alberto Contador.