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by Shane Stokes
June 8, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Porte time trials to victory on stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné; Niewiadoma takes impressive solo stage win on day one of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour; Froome disappointed with time trial performance; Contador: ‘The most important thing is that I felt good’; British Cycling asks Team Sky to quit Manchester velodrome, will overhaul medical services; Mitchelton-Scott makes European debut with Baby Giro participation; Battle raging in Trans Am 2017; Video: Richie Porte post-race interview – stage four, Critérium du Dauphiné; Video: Team WNT riders on the OVO Energy Women’s Tour
In contrast to Chris Froome, who is perhaps feeling the pressure to succeed in a race he has won three times already, Alberto Contador was more content with his showing in the Critérium du Dauphiné time trial. That’s in part due to his sensations in other editions.
“The most important thing is I feel good because in the last years, I don’t know why, I have not felt good in this time trial. I have always lost time,” he said. “I am really happy with my feeling because I felt I had power in the climbs today. But with these roads and all the flats it suited riders like Tony Martin. But I finished seventh, I still feel fresh, and this is important.”
Contador added that he and the team had made modifications and, as a result, he didn’t feel as comfortable as he might have. “For me, some moments were hard because we had changed some things on the bike, but this is why we are here: to try different things and work on the position,” he said. “We tried different materials. Trek is always working very well with this, and we made changes in the last moment. Today it felt a little strange, but we still have three weeks before the Tour.”
Contador was 35 seconds behind Richie Porte (BMC Racing Team) on the stage and is now fifth overall behind the ongoing race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), who is not expected to be a contender for the final win.
“The mountains arrive after tomorrow, and it will be good for the work for the Tour de France,” said the Spaniard. “I will go into the last days calm and not put a big responsibility on my team. [My focus is] only do a good work for July. I expected to lose some time today; Porte and Froome have raced more and have arrived here in better form.”