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by Shane Stokes
August 25, 2017
Photography by Cor Vos
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Marczynski wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage three of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Pedersen dominates TT and takes lead; Jack Bobridge charged over selling street drugs; Contador impresses Froome with attacks, feels back to form : ‘I’m enjoying myself more’; Van Garderen remains positive despite time lost on Vuelta’s stage 6; Betancur out of Vuelta a España; Greipel affected by worries about his parents; Cummings, Thomson, Venter, Van Zyl and Janse van Rensburg all renew with Team Dimension Data; Dillier to Ag2r La Mondiale, Lindeman extends with LottoNL-Jumbo; Tour of Alberta line-up headed by strong Cannondale-Drapac squad; Melbourne Grand Prix of Cyclocross opens international cyclocross season; Video: Girona Cycling Guide Josep From Bikebreaks Shows Us His Castle And Bike Collection; Video: Junior Tour of Ireland Cycling 2017
Clearly feeling better after his stomach problems and time loss earlier in the race, Alberto Contador put in his best showing in recent months on Thursday’s sixth stage of the Vuelta a España. He attacked on the day’s final climb and shattered the peloton, dragging race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) clear and whittling the lead group right down.
And while others were able to chase back on, he was energised by what he had done. “Every rider will tell you that today was a super-demanding day,” he said. “We couldn’t catch a break. It’s the perfect situation to isolate the top riders from their teammates. I saw there was some headwind and I knew that if someone followed me it would be interesting.”
He believes that chances were lost by others. “I thought there would be more collaboration. There were teams that were in a perfect situation and they might regret not enjoying this opportunity later on. In a day like this you can lose more time than up the Angliru. But everyone defends his own interest. I’ve had a good day, I’m enjoying myself. I know the area, I’ve trained here some time. What matters is that we’ve seen a nice stage and there’ll be many more.”
Race leader Chris Froome said the day was an eventful one. “It was a crazy stage, definitely the hardest stage of La Vuelta so far. The attacks didn’t stop all day,” he said. “With (Luis Leon) Sanchez in front, we had to pull really hard to keep them really close. And then it was fireworks in the final.
“All in all it’s a good day for us. It was a really tough stage, lots of people spent a lot of energy, but the team was fantastic. I can only thank my teammates that I’m still in red. Contador was very impressive. It’s still a very long race and I’m sure he’s gonna be someone who keeps on trying.”