Alberto Contador Press Conference Interview - 2009 Tour de France - Rest Day 1
The other favorites will have to attack. There is no tension between Lance Armstrong and I.
but I am doing my absolute best to ensure that these things do not affect my objectives in this Tour. I'm building a mental wall to isolate me from impressions that could have a negative effect on my Tour performance.
Which of the future stages will be good for an attack from Alberto Contador?
The situation is so that I do not have to attack. The ones who have to attack are those who have lost time. I do not have to do it, there will be others who have to do so.
In case that we reach the third week of the 2009 Tour de France with you ahead of your competitors in the overall rankings, will your internal and external competitors respect you?
What do you want me to say? We have to wait and see. I think we will do what benefits the team the most and that it will depend on the race situation.
How do you view the last week of the Tour? Which will be more decisive, the Alps, the individual time trial or the Mont Ventoux stage?
In the Alps the general classification will be clarified sufficiently. Even the Colmar stage will show us a lot, but especially in Verbier and then on the Grand Bornand and the Colombiere. And then two key stages will still remain. The Tour is long.
Who is your main competitor when it comes to the fight for the overall Tour de France victory?
The most dangerous ones are the brothers Schleck. I've noticed that Andy is riding well enough and that he is focused on the race. Another one that will for sure be there is Cadel Evans, because in Ordino he was the only one to attack and, certainly, Sastre, because of his great experience. In the Pyrenees he has been at the maximum and, since he is a rider of great resistance, also will also be at his max in the Alps.
How many Astana riders are with you and how many are with Lance Armstrong. Which teams can you count on?
My teammates are very professional and work for all of us. There isn't any type of problem and I trust all of them completely. As for the pack, there are of course always riders who you are closer related to so that they can give me a hand, but the most important thing is that the team is fully with us.
Will you need help to win the 2009 Tour de France or can you win the race alone?
For sure I will need help. You cannot win the Tour alone.
Have you seen any rivals who were stronger than you in this first week?
With the race that we have ridden I have not been able to evaluate the true condition of all my rivals. Though it seems that a lot of Tour has already passed, the overall is still greatly affected by the results of the team time trial