Alberto Contador 2010 Tour de France Interview
Roadcycling.com interviews Alberto Contador on the day before the Tour de France 2010.
of knowing the other? You or Bruyneel?
I think I've more advantage than him. He knows me as a rider, but in recent years I have not revealed too many weaknesses. Instead I have learned a lot from his way of thinking and managing the race, so I think I have the advantage.
How much time would you accept losing in the northern pavé stage?
I don't think about the loss of time, that's not the best way to start the race well.
What is the strategy of Team Astana in the northern pave stage? Will you accept to lose time to avoid crashing?
I have been very lucky to have a teacher like Van Petegem on the pavés and I've learned more in one day than in the rest of my life so far. The strategy will be to be well-positioned and look at the rivals. Will be better if I can be ahead, and, of course, it is important to prevent crashes, because one minute of delay can be recovered, but a crash can cost you the race by resulting in a Tour exit.
What are the most dangerous GC rivals at this time?
There are two very powerful teams in relation to the general classification, the Saxo team and Team RadioShack, they can both be very dangerous.
Will you wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France prologue tomorrow and do you believe you can win the prologue?
No, the rules do not allow it since last year and, about to win, this course is not the best for me, is totally flat and without curves that could favor riders who favor changes in rhythm. It is better for specialists like Tony Martin, Fabian Cancellara, David Millar and Bradley Wiggins. I'll try to generate some advantage over other rivals for the overall classification.
What do you think about the rules of the UCI to do surprise tests on the bikes to check for motors?
It's OK to do controls on the bikes so we will be all equal, but I don't give great importance to this because I don't think anyone has ever used a motor in a pro race.
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