Alberto Contador (Astana) looks to have a firm grip on the race after his attack yesterday. However nobody has forgotten his bad day last year that cost him victory.
French legend Bernhard Hinault is writing a daily comment for the L'Equipe newspaper and has made it clear what he'd do if he was still racing: go on the attack.
“Contador did not take the lead we could expect, he kept the same gap with his rivals on the whole climb. To me, he did not have what it took to do any better and the cold since the start of this Paris-Nice is probably the reason. Everybody is suffering from the cold and a violent effort in such conditions really burns your lungs, believe me. Contador has a team to help him and there are still a lot of climbs on which he can impose his rule but he cannot afford to be relaxed. The only solution now is to harass him. Luis-Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde are in the same team so, logically, they should attack him in turn. That’s the only way.”