We're almost halfway through the second week of the Tour de France and Cofidis is one of several teams yet to hit the mark so far. The French team has been without a stage victory in their home race since 2008.
New recruit Daniel Navarro is hoping to break that run in the mountains this weekend. "It would make me very excited to win a stage," the Spaniard told Cycling News HD. "I haven't marked any objectives in stone, it would make me very excited to win a stage."
This weekend sees the first of two iconic stages, with the riders tackling the Mont Ventoux. While remaining coy about his chances, Navarro believes it's a stage where he can do well. "It is a climb that I can see suiting my characteristics, so I will try to stay with the best," he said.
"Unfortunately I don't know Mont Ventoux, but I've been told it is a long and hard climb. I think this will be a decisive day."
Navarro is riding his first Grand Tour without Alberto Contador since the 2007 Tour de France – when they rode for separate teams. In years gone by the Spaniard could be seen leading Contador though the mountains at the big races. Most recently Navarro helped Contador at the 2012 Vuelta a España. He decided to split with his long time teammate and move to Cofidis.
Since making the move, the Spaniard has taken a win at the Vuelta a Murcia and top 10 placings at the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Vuelta a Andalucía. "I think that the changes have gone very well," said Navarro. "The most important thing is that I am very happy with how things have started this season."
The Cofidis rider beat his former leader, ahead of the Tour, at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Navarro is relishing the chance to battle Contador once again. "To race in a team with him taught me what it is like to lead and thank you to him also for what I learned from him. Now it is a challenge to be able to face Alberto."
So far, Contador is winning the battle has the better of his former teammate, with the Saxo-Tinkoff rider lying in fourth after the time trial. Navarro currently sits in 25th, 14:50 down, the top Cofidis rider in the GC.
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