“The last days has been nervous with great risk throughout the stages. And today the crosswind was a factor as well forcing us to be well positioned. My feeling is that I wasn’t further down than 20th position in the peloton during the entire stage. That kept me safe and is a direct result of the work of my teammates. We didn’t crash but we had to “eat” a lot of wind to keep our positions. I gained two positions today, which means that we’ll have our team car closer to us”, said Contador.
Tomorrow’s 5th stage will challenge the riders with cobblestone sections. The cobbles, the forecasted rain and the endless fight for positions means that the GC favorites risk losing time on the stage. Alberto says that the most important is to concentrate and hope for the best.
“I will cross my fingers for tomorrow – it will be a really difficult day. The weather forecast is very bad. Already without bad weather it will be a complicated stage but with rain it will be like ice-skating with bikes. We will have winds of about 30 km/h, which might cut the peloton into pieces even before the cobblestones. But we are concentrated and we’ll ride the sections together as a team”, Alberto tells.
In any case, Contador says he feels very well after the first and very dangerous stages of Tour de France 2014.
“Right now I’m really happy about my shape and with the work we’re doing as a team. For now, everything has been as good as it gets”, concludes Contador.
Alberto Contador gives the cobblesa test the week before the 2014 Tour de France