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Contador reverses roles at Dauphiné

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June 9, 2013, 09:07,
June 9, 2013, 10:14
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, June 9, 2013
Critérium du Dauphiné
Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) on the start line in Ambérieu-en-Bugey

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) on the start line in Ambérieu-en-Bugey

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Spaniard works for Michael Rogers in mountains

After a difficult start to the Critérium du Dauphiné, Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff) has shown signs of improvement in recent days and the Spaniard believes that he is at “75 percent” of his condition with three weeks still to go to the Tour de France.

Contador conceded 2:45 to chief Tour rival Chris Froome (Sky) in the Dauphiné’s stage 4 time trial and was out-kicked by him in the finale at Valmorel the following day. On Saturday, however, Contador was back in front and set the tempo in the leading group on the Col du Noyer and again on the final haul up to Superdévoluy.

“I was working for my teammate Michael Rogers by pulling the front group,” Contador said of his efforts, which saw Rogers move up to third place overall with one stage to go.

“My condition is perfect and I’m where I want to be at this point in time. I reckon I’m at 75 percent of my maximum and I wouldn’t change a thing about the preparation that I have now.”

Contador explained that winning the stage was never an ambition and that he was simply working for Rogers: “The team always work for me and today I had the chance to work for one of them.” It was also, he said, an opportunity to hone his own form ahead of the Tour.

“I wanted to ride on the front and that’s useful as training for me too. The goal was to move Michael up to third overall and we’ve done that. Personally I’m very happy. My legs are going well and I’m sure that I’ll be stronger again at the Tour.”

Contador blamed allergies for his travails against the watch on Wednesday and in that context said that he was pleased with the improvement in his fortunes since entering the high mountains.

“I’m happy with the form I have at the moment because this isn’t the best time of year for me due to allergies,” he said. “My condition is very good and I’m happy with the performance.”

Contador and the other Tour contenders have one final test of their credentials on Sunday’s final stage, which includes two category one climbs – the Col de Vars and the summit finish at Risoul.

“My sensations are pretty good. I feel quite comfortable on the climbs and the forecast seems to be for rain, which in a way suits me,” Contador said. “We’ll see what happens.”

TANK91 More than 1 year ago
So i guess you have been 75% all season then, its just excuses now Alberto. You have been the best cyclist for GT's for years and now Froome is threatning to take your mantal at the top of the GC game, you say im only at 75% lol well why cant you beat Froome atall this year. Bye the way i dont dislike Contador i just think its an excuse, as lets be fair to him for the first time has a real big name is he feeling threatned, Armstrong and his own teammates at Astana he beat , Schleck was equal uphill but bad in ITT and he beat him, and now Froome is his threat and Contador cant match him atall this year. If you look at every Contador season he as always had a good win bye this stage, be it Paris Nice or Pais Basque, but this year no WT win. He as only won a stage in San Luis that was gifted to him bye the leader, so it must be a shock for him mentally as he as always been the dominant man but not right now imo.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Let's see who is shocked come July:-)
iZnoGouD More than 1 year ago
Froome is just improving and improving, he will be even stronger at Tour, Contador has to put a lot of quality work just to get the current Froome level, he has no chance of podium even
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
i think u mean by*
Melvin Chavarria More than 1 year ago
Nobody hates Sky ., they are without a doubt the best team at the moment...but that does not mean they are just going to take the Tour that easy, it is obvious you are the average "wanna-be" that thinks knows everything about professional cyclist ! Do yourself a favor get the facts straight before you post your comments... It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
I hate is obvious that you are the average "wanna-be" that thinks he knows everything about professional cyclis ! Do yourself a favour get the facts straight before you post your comments... It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt
TANK91 More than 1 year ago
so many thumbs down for teling the obvious go to before 2006 this is his worst season so far, ha ha lol cant face the truth, for the 1st time in his GREAT carear he is getting demolished and I get thumbed down. You guys are funny.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
getting demolished is resorting to hyperbole. You are not funny.
iZnoGouD More than 1 year ago
It's hard to made up the 25% remaining, even with dope Face it Contador, there's no hope for you.
jayreeding More than 1 year ago
Certainly not with the "program" Froome and Porte are on. When there's doubt, there is no doubt.
HailPantani More than 1 year ago
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Rubbish1, guess finishing 10th overall means he should throw his bike in the ditch and sulk in the team car like a famous Brit I witnessed. His career must obviously be over. Time to give up the sport
ailsab More than 1 year ago
I am not a Contador fan but it was so good to see him going all out for Michael Rogers. Just a really big deal and I bet Michael was pumped and will never forget it. Best thing Michael Rogers did was leave sky. Wish porte did as he may learn how to think within a ride and not follow the metre. So boring watching sky ride, so mechanical.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with you. However Sky's tactics bring certainty that sponsors are looking for regardless of how brain dead boring it is to watch.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Boring tactics, you might like to watch one of these races and then comment. The last stage had the team riding hard in an agressive manner to bring back the escapees, then Froome and Porte attacked with a few km to go. Hardly boring in my opinion. But please enlighten me, how would you direct them to race if you were the DS?
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
Contator should have gone for the stage. Rogers was at his limit and being looked at 100 times by your 'helper' isn't encouraging at all.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Being at 75% with 3 weeks to go is not a good sign. Maybe he's peaking for the Tour of Spain? For the Tour you would want to be around 85 - 90% by now with just some fine tuning to go. Contador is obviously struggling to find a way of riding clean after all the years of doping. That's one of the big reasons you see Team Sky doing well. They don't dope and never have so don't need to find a way of riding clean because they are. Next year should see some of the big names come back stronger after working this out.
pontianboy More than 1 year ago
During TDF, AC will be supported by capable lieutenant i.e. Rogers, Roche, Kruizeger etc. I believe he will perform better.
avantage More than 1 year ago
He was "already past it" in Vuelta 2012. Yet he won. I hope he can be a real challenger. Too bad for that TT.