Time is Running Out for Alberto Contador in Tour de France 2011
Alberto Contador knows he is running out of time, and stages, to close the gap on his Tour de France rivals.
"I think he knows how to handle situations when there are problems. Of course, you get frustrated when you're not at 100 percent, everybody gets frustrated. But, in another way, you know that you have to stay calm."
The unpredictable nature of this year's race still gives Contador some advantages.
It's seems uncertain which Schleck brother is the leader and which is the support rider, while Voeckler's unexpected presence means there is an extra cyclist to chase down. Then there is Evans and Basso, the Tour runner-up in 2005, to deal with.
If Contador recovers in time for the big Alps, he could rise up when the others are taking each other down.
"Each day that passes without knowing which card the Schleck brothers will play is more complicated," Contador stated and continued "In my opinion, they have to think about their attacks and to know which one is the best. The other one has to sacrifice himself, otherwise it will be very hard to distance riders as good as Evans and the others."
Riis turned the pressure up on the Leopard-Trek team by claiming he knows what tactics the Schlecks will use in the Alps.
"I know the Schlecks. I have an idea what's going on, but this is an idea we discuss between us," Riis commented and concluded "I believe that what we will see a spectacular race in the Alps."