Spanish rider Alberto Contador of Team Saxo Bank – Tinkoff Bank rode the time trial course of the World Championships, before the start of the actual race in order to get back into shape and to get a feel of the track. And speaking to a local media house about the track, the Spaniard admitted that the track had seemed harder in the beginning but that is not the case. And this is something that takes away the advantage he might have had from him.
He briefed the media personnel present that he had been doing some research on the track over the internet and from there, it seemed that it would be quite a difficult track presenting the tricky turns and climbs. However, Alberto Contador stated that he is only familiar with Cauberg out of the three climbs and although it proved to be a bit tricky, the others are, by no means difficult. Contador went on to add that he had hoped that Sint Remigiusstraat situated at 1000 m with a gradient percentage of 7.7 would not be easy, but it didn’t turn out to be bad at all.
The Spaniard, who had been banned for doping for two years, elaborated that neither of these climbs are climber’s hills, where the rider would have to go out of the saddle. He went on to add that these climbs can be managed easily without having to push hard and that is why, it is not much of an advantage for him.
Alberto Contador mentioned that at the beginning, the road surface is a bit rough and so, the riders who are slightly heavier compared to him will have the advantage. Contador is a pre-race favorite to clinch the overall title in the Road World Championships, having won the Vuelta a Espana recently.