Alberto Contador: «Winning isn't an obsession»


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Following what he calls the best early part of the season of his career, Alberto Contador spoke ahead of the Dauphiné from his hotel in Lyon.

“I might say the same thing every year but the Dauphiné is a key race for me ahead of the Tour de France”, Contador said. “I've not competed for about two months, since the Tour of the Basque country but I've done a solid block of training at the Teide volcano. However, I haven't done intensities really. That's to be done at the Dauphiné. It's not a goal or an obsession for me to win this race. I want to conclude it with the satisfaction of a good performance and a good recovery. I want my body to be fine for the Tour. The confidence I could gain through this race is something relative. Winning or not winning the Dauphiné wouldn't change anything for me. Maybe it would be better to not win, as I've never done that before and it could generate some doubts. I believe the inaugural time trial is good for me. Stage 2 is hard and that'll be the test for the pedaling style but the race should remain open until the second last day, which will be the real test for me.”

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