Alberto Contador attacks on Stage 17 of the Vuelta to get into the red leader's jersey
I’ve attacked instinctively. I believe this day of racing has shocked a few! Truly, I’ve ridden a bit like a kamikaze. But I had to try. I felt something like an angel and a devil on my shoulders. One was telling me: “Attack”, the other one said: “Don’t attack.” I followed the right advice. I’ve been scared to lose my advantage in the last fifteen kilometers because I hadn’t eaten a lot. I was afraid that other riders could catch me. -Alberto Contador
Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) demonstrated to his rivals that he still has the goods with a valiant attack on Stage 17 from Santander to Fuente Dé, finishing 2mins 28sec ahead of the previous race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 1min 52sec ahead of rival Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who finished second on the stage.
With 4 more stages to go and Stage 19's ultra hilly profile which ends the steep Bola Del Mundo (2247m), can Contador keep his red jersey all the way to Madrid? An exciting showdown between the GC contenders awaits fans and enthusiasts!