Alberto Contador on 2018 Tour de France: It will be an open race
Oct 17 2017 01:37 pm CET

Alberto Contador on 2018 Tour de France: It will be an open race
Alberto Contador on 2018 Tour de France: It will be an open race
Photo of Alberto Contador © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

After seeing the 2018 Tour de France route, former cyclist Alberto Contador has said that the conditions will make it an open race.

The Spaniard was present at the presentation in Paris and gave his opinion on the course. "It is a very attractive route and it has a bit of everything," he said. "The Roubaix stage is going to be very nice to watch from the outside but it will be very tough for the riders and I say it based on my own experience."

Contador also saw some parts that he would have liked to ride as a professional. "The short stage of 65 kilometres is a very beautiful idea. I can't understand why they didn't do this before, they should have put it before (laughs)."

"There are other stages that will be very hard and also the last individual time trial. I don't think time trials will be very important in this Tour. But it is going to be a very attractive Tour for the spectators."

One of the main contenders for the title will once again be Chris Froome, but the Spaniard doesn't think it will be easy for him. "Chris Froome has shown great strength but for example, the cobbles day is going to be a lottery where a thousand things can happen," Contador explained.

"The day of the 65 kilometres will be very difficult to control for a single team and there aren't many time trial kilometres, which is a discipline that suits him. So those things can really make a difference and I think it will be an open race."




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