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Contador: Quintana is taking a risky gamble

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Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador says he and his new Trek-Segafredo team will arrive fresh and primed for the 2017 Tour de France. 

“I’m hoping for a quiet build up where I enjoy every race,” the two-time Tour de France winner said. “Our strategy is to get to the Tour de France in prime condition. So I’m going to be very careful in the build up. I want to be totally fresh for it,”.

“It’s clear that in the last few years Froome has been dominant at the Tour and this year he will once again be the favourite,” he said. “Froome will arrive at the Tour at the top of his game, while Nairo is taking a risky gamble.”

“It has its difficulties.”, said Contador about Quintana’s attempt to win the Giro and the Tour this year. “It will all depend on how he approaches the race, since he could leave the responsibility to riders like [Vincenzo] Nibali or [Fabio] Aru, who will be going all out in the centenary Giro. Quintana will be one of the favourites for the Tour, even if doing the Giro maybe isn’t the best option.”

“I have high hopes this year with Trek. I’m excited to get cracking with this season. Everything has started out better than in previous years,” he said. “I’m demanding, but I see that at Trek everyone’s like that. That motivates me.”

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