Alberto Contador: “This victory is for all my team mates” + audio

    • Filled in News in English 20 Февраль 2010 в 2:52, author: Cristal
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    Photo by Jacinto Vidarte

    Alberto Contador got today the first victory of the year in the Alto de Malhao, the same place where he was second in 2009, behind Toni Colom, before to win the time trial and the overall of the Volta ao Algarve.

    The Astana team prepared today a very clear strategy to leave Contador at the bottom of the last climb with a chance of winning and all plans were fulfilled. “I'm thrilled by the work has done all the team, both yesterday and today. Everything worked out perfect. I was able to finish the job, but victory is especially of my teammates”, said Alberto Contador after getting off the podium.

    Contador said yesterday's stage had been “very hard, like today, because we knew we had to make it hard to score some differences. At the end there were not many seconds ahead, because the climb was short, but the balance is pretty good”.

    Alberto reached the final 2.5 km climb, placed in front, “though a little behind”, he explained, “around on 20 place. I had to go up a bit, but De la Fuente had searched me and then we have been alone together until 1.5 km to go, where I went to finish line”.

    When asked if it was something special to win a RadioShack rider, Tiago Machado, he said no, that he only thinks “to fight for victory. I prepare to win, but not over them, all I have very clear is that I dedicate this victory to each Astana’s riders”.

    Alberto Contador said that this is the first step on his way to the Tour de France. “Here begins that way”, he said, “and I am delighted that after seven months without racing I have managed to win today because I did not expect it”.

    Finally, when asked what he feared in the final time trial, he replied that “last night told me I can not use the TT bike because the UCI has said it will not follow the rules and at the end do not know what bike will ride on Sunday. That's what worries me”.

    Alberto explained that with the new UCI rules, “the bike has an insignificant piece that does not fullfill the regulations and therefore I can not compete with the bike with which I have been training”.

    Banned by the UCI, whose final communication was received yesterday evening, the Astana team and Specialized are planning to use on Sunday TT the model 'Transition', seven of whose frames arrived today at the team hotel to be modified and assembled because on them it is possible to cut the two small pieces that, according to the latest interpretation of the UCI, not fullfill 2010 rules even after making the necessary changes required in advance on the 2009 model, declared illegal for this season. In any case, Specialized had planned to build a new prototype for the upcoming Tour de France.

    (Automatic translation. Forgive inaccuracies)

    Jacinto Vidarte
    Jefe de Prensa / Press Officer


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