Tour France 2014 favourites Alberto Contador & Vincenzo Nibali have openly expressed their dissatisfaction about riding on British soil. Defining their experience as nerve-wrecking, all 3 of them have been expressive about the very hectic situation they were into throughout the 3 initial Tour France stages.
The most prominent problem by them is the over-enthusiasm of the fans who kept on coming into the riding track creating huge trouble for the participant riders. One of the Giant-Shimano sprinters clipped one of the fans on the 2nd day of the race, knocking the person over. Besides, David Lopez of Team Sky too hit another spectator on the 3rd stage yesterday.
The very weight of the numbers along the road side has received admiration from riders yet Nibali stressed that alongside surprising competitive riding for initial stages, the Tour on Bristish soil was nerve jangling for him.
“It was really nervous at finish given the continuous rain. Besides, there was little fear & a small accident but then again, nothing that bad”, remarked the race who proudly dons the yellow jersey being the overall lead of the esteemed race.
“My very 1st day in the yellow jersey was really exceptional. We stayed calm- there was little nervousness & stress by the end- but my squad (Astana) was a huge support for me & I was able to control my emotions well.”
The rain soared up serious tension on London roads by the finalization of 3rd tour France stage. It finished before the royal Buckingham Plaace along with the winning of Marcel Kittel. Contador was seen riding at front for the final few kilometers.
“If he (Contador) was in front, it is because he did not wish to take risks”, Nibali stressed. “There were several bends by the end. That was quite tough & he did not wish to take risk & hence stayed upfront.