When Alberto Contador entered the Tour of the Basque Country, the most recent leg of the World Tour, he did so with the intention to emerge victorious but after six days and 800 km, questions are emerging whether the Saxo Tinkoff leader is too fatigued for the coming up Ardennes Classics or not.
Cantador participated in the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta (one day) only after finishing fifth overall at the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco the previous day and though he inched towards victory following the attack of final climb he finished at the third position. The winner’s jersey was taken home by Rui Costa (Movistar). So, Contador has had a very busy start to the season and this has already started taking a toll on the rider’s body.
After his 1.1 race in Spain, Cantador said, “My legs are burdened and my body is fatigued. However, though we could not win, it was a lot of fun”.
Talking about his performance at the Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta, he said it was only Beñat Intxausti and he on the last climb after his attack and it was a pity that others caught up with only 25 meters left to go and he could only achieve the third place.
Though the Spaniard is never known to participate in a race for mere training or to find his rhythm, his schedule for the 2013 has left people thinking whether or not should he take some rest ahead of the key events like La Fleche Wallonne, Liege Bastonge Liege and the Amstel Gold.
Contador has not yet won at the Ardennes Classics and his best result was the third place that he managed to achieve at the La Fleche Wallonne in 2010 but he has found a place in the provisional start list for both Fleche and Liege.
Now it is to be seen whether he is able to bounce back from his state of tiredness or not.