Thursday, July 2, 2009
Alberto Contador - "I am eager to start the race"
Alberto Contador, along with the majority of riders that will take the start on Saturday in Monaco, waits impatiently for the beginning of the Tour de France, especially because he likes the course of the first time trial. He rode the course two times on Thursday together with his teammates, although he is familiar with the course since the last Paris - Nice.
"Today we have taken almost three hours of training. We took two laps of the circuit and then we climbed a pass very well known here, the Madonne,” said Contador. "The circuit is hard enough, which benefits me, but also I am conscious that here there are other very good people, such as (Fabian) Cancellara,” he says, speaking about his possibilities.
"I am going to try to do it as fast as possible to try to lose as little time as possible and also to take advantage of my rivals,” he said. “In this circuit there can be considerable differences, around half a minute between the favorites,” he predicted.
Alberto feels well at the beginning. "I have good sensations, not only here in Monaco, but in these days leading up when we worked together on the team time trial. We have worked well, seeing how we are going to organize the reliefs and studying the course. We have done it four times between
Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning .”
Now Contador only waits for the moment of the start. " These days become long enough and already I have the desire of starting the race, but certainly I am very satisfied to come back in the best race of the world: the difference is obvious.”