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Contador weathers 'tough test' in Utrecht

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Alberto Contador lets up after crossing the finish line.

Alberto Contador lets up after crossing the finish line.
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador suffers during stage 1.

Alberto Contador suffers during stage 1. (Image credit: Courtesy of Polartec-Kometa)
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Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the maillot jaune

Rohan Dennis (BMC) in the maillot jaune (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Chris Froome approaches the finish line.

Chris Froome approaches the finish line.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) described the Utrecht time trial as a “tough test” and admitted he wasn’t able to ride to his maximum as his pulse rate was higher than normal.

“My legs felt OK, but my pulse rate was very, very high,” the Spaniard admitted minutes after finishing in 46th place, 58 seconds down on stage winner Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing).

Speaking to Cyclingnews after warming down at the Tinkoff-Saxo bus, Contador played down the impact the increasingly windy and hot conditions might have had on his ride.

“I don’t know how much of an issue the wind was, but it was very strong. In the end, though, it’s the same for everyone,” said Contador, who explained that he realised quite early on in the time trial that he wasn’t at his best.

“My legs felt OK, but my pulse rate was very, very high. My intention was to take it fairly steady on the first half and then press harder on the second part, but I couldn’t do that to the extent I wanted,” he said. “In the end, it was a pretty ordinary time trial, but the rest of the favourites are all within a few seconds of each other, and now we can start thinking about what lies ahead tomorrow.”