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TdF #16: Contador shows his ugly side

July 21, 2013

For most of the stage it looked like those interested in the GC were having a day off. Saxo-Tinkoff had other ideas and put pressure on the last climb. Contador attacked near the summit but was easily chased down. He continued to attacked on the descent, which is infamous for Beloki’s crash and “he-who-shall-not-be-named” mountain biking tactics about ten years ago. Contador crashed when he mis-judged a bend and Froome had to go onto the grass to avoid him. No real harm done, but Froome was clearly unhappy with Contador.

With Porte’s help, they regained the rest of the GC favourites before the finish line. Bizarrely, Contador then hassled Quintana with a sarcastic thumbs-up. He obviously thought Quintana had attacked him. Weird that he thinks it is okay to attack on a dangerous descent but not for anyone else to gain if he pays the penalty for crashing. It certainly showed an unpleasant side to the popular Spaniard.

Up ahead, a large break of 26 enjoyed some time ahead of the peleton. Rui Costa timed his move from the break perfectly and rode away to a well taken victory. A great reward for a superb rider who sacrificed any chance of the GC when he tried to help Valverde on the early windy stage.

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