Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard) said Wednesday’s five-climb stage into Andorra at the Volta a Catalunya isn’t hard enough to completely break open the race.
Instead, he expects a fairly large group of top climbers to contest for the stage victory, and ultimately, the race lead.
“It’s not a climb I like so much, it’s not too demanding, but it is what it is, and we must adapt,” Contador said in a press release. “(Wednesday’s) stage is the only one that’s a bit interesting. I will try to do well, although some others look strong, including Evans, Basso, and above all, Scarponi. It will be a crucial stage for the overall. It all depends on how the race will break up on that last climb.”
Contador and the other overall favorites for victory enter Wednesday’s stage knotted up at 28 seconds back (see stage 2 results).
“I’m happy with these two first stages, I didn’t lose time and have not suffered falls,” said Contador. “Yesterday was pretty hard to be the first stage and today the last part, the circuit, was very dangerous. It started to rain just as we entered into it. Everyone wanted to be in front and has been a bit more risky than I would have wanted.”