Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) has scheduled a vacation ahead of the Tour de France, where he plans to defeat Team Sky’s Chris Froome with strength and tactical nous.
The 34-year-old Spaniard debuted with his new team with second overall in the Ruta del Sol, before showing strongly in the Abu Dhabi Tour last week. He continues with Paris-Nice, his first goal of the 2017 season, the Volta a Catalunya, País Vasco and a holiday.
“I need holidays,” Contador told Cycling Weekly in Abu Dhabi.
“When you are concentrated 100%, you need to take time off your bike at 100%. I think that’s important. When you are training at altitude for one month, eating the minimum possible and training hard as possible, you need to have your head ready. To do that, you need to be fresh mentally.
“I don’t know where I’ll go. Of course, it’ll be good weather without my bike. It’ll be around one week, and afterwards, starting little by little to train for the Tour de France. I always do this because it’s important.”
The 2017 season is one of Contador’s most important to date, with his performance in the Tour de France possibly deciding whether he continues to ride in 2018.
Trek welcomed the star with open arms. He is one of cycling’s most accomplished Grand Tour cyclists with two wins of the Giro d’Italia wins, two of the Tour de France, and three of the Vuelta a España.
His accomplishments came via strength and some cunning rides. Contador overhauled race leader Joaquím Rodríguez in the 2012 Vuelta thanks to a mid-stage attack.
In the 2017 Vuelta’s stage to Formigal, he instigated the early attack that helped Nairo Quintana (Movistar) ride clear of Froome and win the overall.