Thursday, July 19, 2007
Alberto Contador's Daily Stage Report
Today’s stage ended uneventfully for Alberto Contador. Contador and the other GC leaders used the flat stage to get back to normal after the drama of the Alps.
“Today we were okay, even though the tempo at the start was violent, and the road was bad. Everybody wanted to get into the breakaway, so it was difficult. We rode very fast until kilometer 70, but later things calmed down, because the best rider in the breakaway was at 24 minutes,” Contador commented.
At the end of the day the pace changed again. “The last climb was aggressive, but not a problem. It’s been a boring stage, like all long stages,” he said.
Although it was dull, the stage wasn’t restful. “With the high temperatures we’ve had, the road in bad shape and so many kilometers, it’s impossible to talk about recovery, but we’ve certainly been more comfortable than in the last few days.”
Tomorrow is another one just like the other one, a transitional stage leading up to the time trial at Albi on Saturday.
Alberto’s results today:
Stage 10 42nd 10:36
Young rider 10th 9:35
GC 5th 3:08
Young rider 1st