The debate over Valverde's crash and Sky's reaction continued at the start line in Logroño this morning, with Sky directeur sportif Nicolas Portal (a former teammate of Valverde at Caisse d'Epargne) outlining his team's stance.
"“We shouldn’t talk about this incident only but about the stage in its global perspective. Movistar let the breakaway take 13 minutes, so they obviously didn’t want to defend the red jersey. Their behavior made everyone else nervous. We launched the race again. There was a crash behind us. I’m sorry that Valverde is the victim because he’s a friend of mine. We’ve been reproached to have pulled after the crash but I haven’t heard any reproach to Katusha to have done as well, neither to Saxo Bank when Contador attacked in the climb to prevent Valverde from coming across to the group of the favourites.”