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Contador concedes Giro-Tour de France double will be difficult

Speaking to Spanish television (TVE1) during a break in a training camp in the French Alps, Contador said racing the Giro d'Italia before the Tour de France was hardly ideal preparation for the demands of the Tour.

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Alberto Contador concedes that pulling off the Giro-Tour de France double in 2011 will not be easy.

Contador and teammates prepare for the training ride. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT
Contador and teammates prepare for the training ride in the Alps earlier this month. AFP PHOTO JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT

“The Tour is a race that’s always super difficult to win, even when you are completely focused on preparing just for that one race,” Contador said. “The best preparation for the Tour was not the Giro d’Italia, especially considering that this year’s Giro was one of the hardest in history.”

Contador said he sees winning the Tour for the fourth time in five years “difficult.”

Contador said he’s not distracted by his ongoing clenbuterol case. An appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which was delayed until early August, opened the door for his participation in this year’s Tour.

“I am optimistic,” Contador said about the case. “It’s not something that I lose even one minute of my time.”