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by Shane Stokes
August 22, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Nibali wins stage 3 of the Vuelta a España, Froome takes red jersey; Lawless wins stage 4 of the Tour de l’Avenir; Froome surprised to take race lead so soon; Contador: ‘I don’t know what happened – I had very bad sensations’; Majka rues lost time after off day; Tom-Jelte Slagter signs for Dimension Data, team says his best is yet to come; Alex Dowsett to slot into Kittel’s leadout train at Katusha-Alpecin, also has own ambitions; Sabrina Stultiens returns to WM3; Gary West remembered; Video: Artemis World Cycle Week 6 Wrap: Through Australia and onto New Zealand
Aiming to go out on a high in his final professional race, Alberto Contador instead found himself losing time on the Vuelta a España’s first mountain stage and, with it, his chance of winning overall. The Trek-Segafredo rider got into difficulty during Monday’s third stage and lost two minutes 33 seconds to new race leader Chris Froome and others.
“I had very bad sensations, also climbing La Rabassa [the second to last climb], I saw it already,” Contador said, according to Cycling Weekly. “I don’t know what happen to me but I felt super, super weak. Even when we went at a relatively calm pace, it was difficult to be there.
“I hope that is only a bad day, maybe because the lack of competition. The most important thing now is to recover and try to find the reason of this performance.”
The setback is his second in recent weeks; his final Tour de France didn’t go to plan and he was far off his usual level. The Vuelta a España was his chance to make amends but, thus far, things haven’t worked out.
“Now the most important thing is to know why I had so bad day before deciding the tactics going ahead,” he said. “I want to enjoy this Vuelta in any case. I’m the most relaxed in my whole career in this Vuelta and I enjoying it the most I can. For sure I want to be ahead, I couldn’t today, but I’ll try on next days.”
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