Everything is still at stake as Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana enter the last stage of Volta a Catalunya separated by only 7 seconds. After a fast and windy course on Saturday, Contador maintained his 7 seconds deficit while looking to overcome it today.
Sport Director, Steven de Jongh, had his say after Saturdays` stage: “It was actually a hard stage, fast and with quite a lot of wind so the bunch was splitting up quite a lot at times and you always had to be aware of the situation. The team kept Alberto close to the front when the pressure was on to the finish, and it sets up an interesting final day tomorrow. Unfortunately we lost Jesper Hansen this morning with fever so he couldn’t start, meaning we were down to six, but the team did a really good job again of keeping Alberto out of trouble.”
The race is far from over and Alberto Contador thinks so himself:
“It’s true Nairo Quintana is ahead but tomorrow we have a stage where a lot of things can happen. With Movistar and BMC attacking constantly today it was very difficult to control the race. However, I feel very satisfied with the way this year is proceeding.”
Today`s final stage starts and finishes in Barcelona. It is the shortest stage, at only 136.4 KM, but it features Alto de Montjuic no fewer than 8 times in a final circuit. There will be time bonuses on the course and with several riders within seconds of one another it will be an exciting stage. Contador certainly thinks so:
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow. It is a demanding circuit and anything can happen. We will try our best but I think I won’t be the only one. There are other riders that sit within a few seconds and tomorrow’s stage will be agitated. It’s a pity tomorrow’s profile isn’t adequate for attacks from earlier on. They don’t have an extremely strong team and if we had the right race course we could mount an attack earlier. That will be very complicated tomorrow.”
After 6 very interesting stages, Volta a Catalunya promises to have an even more unpredictable finish today.
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