Contador comes in third
Alberto Contador’s riding in third at the Clasika Primavera was a kind of consolation prize for him in the wake of a tough week of racing at the Basque Country in Spain.
It was Rui Costa of Movistar who took home the laurels at the 176 km one day race of Clasika Primavera and it was double delight for Movistar as Nairo Quintana of the same team scored an impressive overall win at the Vuelta al País Vasco, one of the most well known six-day races.
At the Clasika Primavera both Contador and Beñat Intxausti of Movistar were caught in line while Rui Costa beat Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Pablo Urtasun to emerge victorious.
However, Contador’s gaining a podium spot will give him solace following the Basque Country tour, where he failed to achieve overall victory. Though Contador started out at the favorite at the Basque Country, he left his fans disappointed after finishing in the fifth position.
Talking to the media, Contador said, “My legs are aching and my body feels fatigued. However, though we did not manage to win, we had a really good time. We further added that though he attacked on the last climb and there was only Beñat Intxausti and he, others caught up with them with only 25 meters to go and it was a pity that he could only manage the third position in the end.
The Spaniard has not won a stage race this year yet and his only victory has been a stage win at Tour de San Luís in Argentina in the month of January. That was his season debut as well.
Though Contador has been enjoying a stable season so far he has been beaten by Vincenzo Nibali of Astana and Chris Froome of Sky and that is something he will need to take care of them if he wants to do well going further into the season.