Tour de France: Contador Yvon Sanquer looks in his mirror
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Tour de France: Contador Yvon Sanquer looks in his mirror

Grenoble : France | Jul 16, 2011 at 3:26 AM PDT
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Sports Director Alberto Contador at Astana last year, Yvon Sanquer left the back of the pack to the front of the race where he drove a car from one of the sponsors of the Tour de France, but keeps a watchful eye on the performance of his former leader.

Like everyone else, he saw "stuck" in the final of Luz-Ardiden face of attacks by Frank Schleck, but remains cautious. "He showed a small sign of weakness that we must not repeat," said he.

"Even the greatest champions, there are no days + +. Maybe it was a day without + +," says he recognized that the Spaniard was "not a good face or a sudden Air pedal as he can be in the mountains. "

"We must look at the stage Saturday (arrival at Plateau de Beille) to see if he has the ability to accelerate, to differentiate and resume time. After that, we should have more complete information," said the former leader of the Festina team (1999-2001), named after the eponymous doping scandal.

"We will reach a turning point, although the last week will be important, he adds. We'll see if he has recovered or not the Giro. He had to cut much later and perhaps the start of Tour was a brisk start difficult to manage, "said he.

Pending a decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on his positive test clenbuterol in the 2010 edition, Contador had a difficult early test.

He first suffered the whistles of the audience during the presentation of the teams, then was subjected to repeated falls. A plug, the first step, cost him more than a minute over its competitors, the brothers Schleck and Cadel Evans. There are currently nursing a knee pain.

But "Alberto is someone who is still struggling, that is strong in adversity. Although it is not in a favorable situation, it can reverse the trend," says Sanquer.

"For ordinary people, faced as many times as sensitive for ten months is beyond comprehension. But this type of champion is characterized by an extraordinary mind," said he with the "further reduction" in his post .

Dismissed sharply late last year of training Kazakh Astana, Sanquer found the Tour-not without some hesitation, as a guest driver for the car brand that sponsors the Tour.

"There is not the same pressure, he smiles. While we like to be in motion, it does not hurt to have back, have a somewhat distanced analysis. It is a another view of the Tour, I did not know. It's less intense, it is not the same emotion. "

Last year, he had his greatest memory when the clock against final between Bordeaux and Pauillac. "It could switch at any time. And at the end: the issue," he says. This year the tour also ends with a chrono + +, in Grenoble. But Sanquer will follow at a distance

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