Contador claims Semana Catalana

Alberto Contador admits to feeling less than great on the final stage of Semana Catalana, but still

Alberto Contador admits to feeling less than great on the final stage of Semana Catalana, but still
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Alberto Contador clinched the first major stage race win of his career when he took fourth place behind a clutch of other young stage racing prospects in the final time trial stage. The Liberty Seguros rider finished 36 seconds clear of Comunitat Valenciana's David Bernabeu overall, with Barloworld's Peio Arreitunandia third. The stage that started and finished at the Catalan factory of Liberty co-sponsor Wurth was won by Paris-Nice stage winner Fabian Cancellara, whose time was seven seconds better than Discovery Channel's Tom Danielson, with Tour de France best young rider Vladimir Karpets in third. Danielson's great ride carried him up to fourth place overall, his best finish in a major stage race in Europe. Contador admitted after the stage that he hadn't felt all that great on the final day. "There was a lack of zip in my legs," said the 22 year old. "I didn't feel very comfortable. I don't know why, perhaps it was the responsibility of wearing the leader's jersey." But Contador was extremely happy to have given his team their third stage race win of the season after the Tour Down Under and Tour of Murcia. "It's a reward for years of work and also a reward for everyone who encouraged me through my difficult moments last year." The Spaniard needed two operations on his brain after collapsing during last year's Tour of Murcia. He explained that he felt he put that awful experience behind him "when they pinned a race number on me for the first time again." The Spaniard, who never won a stage race as an amateur, now goes on to the Tour of the Basque Country on April 4 to test his form in that ProTour event. Stage 5, Wrth factory time trial 1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 16km in 19.29 (49.27kph) 2 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 0.07 3 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Illes Balears 0.10 4 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.12 5 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 6 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.14 7 Robert Hunter (SA) Phonak 0.23 8 David Bernabeu (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.24 9 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel 10 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.27 Final overall 1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Wrth 17.15.58 2 David Bernabeu (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 0.36 3 Peio Arreitunandia (Spa) Barloworld 0.39 4 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 1.00 5 Koldo Gil (Spa) Liberty Seguros 1.03 6 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa) Discovery Channel 1.05 7 Jos Angel Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval 1.13 8 Jorge Ferrio (Spa) Spiuk 1.31 9 Roberto Heras (Spa) Liberty Seguros 1.33 10 Carlos Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 2.05 - Fassa Bortolo's Kim Kirchen won the fourth stage of the Coppi e Bartali stage race in Italy, finishing just ahead of overall leader Franco Pellizotti, who goes into today's final stage with a lead of 10 seconds over another Fassa rider, Mauro Facci. Stage 4, Fiorano Modenese-Serramazzoni 1 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Fassa Bortolo 152km in 4.30.38 (33.70kph) 2 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 4 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Panaria 5 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Naturino 6 Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 7 Patrik Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step 8 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 9 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Panaria 10 Raffaele Illiano (Ita) Colombia-Selle Italia Overall 1 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi 17.01.19 2 Mauro Facci (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 0.10 3 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Caffita 0.28
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