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Contador expects test of recovery on final Corsican stage

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July 1, 2013, 09:45,
July 1, 2013, 16:30
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Tour de France
Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1

Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1

  • Alberto Contador was one of the high profile victims of the crash at 5km to go on stage 1
  • Looking to have taken a tumble, Contador had damage to the left shoulde, right arm and back of his jersey, plus his left hip
  • Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) is looking for his third Tour de France

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Spaniard grateful not to have conceded any time

After falling on the opening day of the Tour de France, Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) safely negotiated stage two to Ajaccio, although he warned that he would face a tougher test of his recovery on Monday’s third and final Corsican leg to Calvi.

“I feel good and I was lucky enough to have slept well last night [in spite of the crash],” Contador told AS after stage two. “My teammates were phenomenal all day long and we got through another difficult day. As my body warmed up and we got into the race, my wounds didn’t bother me so much, although it was a bit uncomfortable sometimes, especially in the neck and back.”

Contador was one of a number of fallers in the chaotic finale of Saturday’s opening stage but was awarded the same time as the main peloton. Although he dismissed his injuries as being superficial, Contador said that he expects to continue feeling the effects of the crash on Monday, a rugged day along the Corsican coast with the second category Col de Marsolino just before the finish.

“48 hours after a fall is usually the worst day and when it hurts the most,” he said. “We’ll have to see if there are any complications and if I’m in top condition for the team time trial in Nice.”

Although Chris Froome (Sky) briefly went on the offensive on the final climb of Sunday’s stage, Contador opted to maintain a watching brief. Contador was grateful simply to emerge from the opening weekend without losing any time, having conceded over a minute when he crashed on the opening stage of his last Tour appearance two years ago.

“Unlike in 2011, when I left a minute and a half behind me on the first stage, I’m on the same time as all the rest of the favourites and my options for the general classification are intact,” he said.

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Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Alberto and Andy shleck to light up this tour. From a good source.
HCclimber More than 1 year ago
Mate, that's like me saying "Cavendish to go for sprints"
colmenarejo More than 1 year ago
I doubt it, Wiggo had a ciggie last year and now he can't go uphill or downhill.
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
From who? Some doctor? Schlek is going to have to be juiced up to do anything in this tour. Contador always lights it up, so no pearls of wisdom there!
Big Doopie More than 1 year ago
Bingo. But I would add that Clentadopucci will also be needing his usual doctor's help to challenge. They are both huge frauds.
WestinCarpaccio More than 1 year ago
Clentadopucci! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
Alpinebaz More than 1 year ago
The biggest fraud of all is team sky
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
This really 'bites the big one' for AC. Good things the teams all have soigneurs and therapists. He'll be back in the thick of it as soon as possible.
reubenr More than 1 year ago
There is a bit of a set back. Not being a 100% to begin with means that it will take him longer to get in to top shape than expected. Putting aside all the doping questions that we have to ask about everyone in the Tour, which seem fair enough, the person I wonder most about, rather than Contador, is Schleck. Some how he seems to have made a marvelous recovery, when he has showed nothing for a very long time. It always worries me when I hear Liggett promoting some one, like he has with Schleck.
WestinCarpaccio More than 1 year ago
Of the GC guys he is the one that worries me the most also. I normally would say he couldn't be that stupid since he knows he will be a testing target, but intelligence doesn't seem to figure in for doping.
iZnoGouD More than 1 year ago
Contador in interviews lacks so much confidence The reason is obvious, Alberto is clean but so is Team Sky, but Froome is miles ahead of him in terms of form. Contador knows he has no chance unless he gets some juice
rshimizu12 More than 1 year ago
My guess is that we won't really know what Contador's real potential for another week. I think Cadel Evans is of concern for now.