In an exclusive interview for the show La Montonera on Eurosport, Alberto Contador remembered his last victory on tour stage at the Vuelta Angliru in 2017.
“At that time I was in very good physical shape and also knew that this is my last big chance. Angliru or never. In the evening I was already thinking about what can be arena, and even a little worried.
In fact, I told my teammates that we need to control escape from the peloton. From the initial stages, the team came out strong, and I was going to attack Angliru. It was a very rainy day, and we had problems with the traction, so I tried to be nice to be behind people Sky and Bahrain. I remember that some cyclists began to fall and Pantano was very quick, he was like a bullet. I pressed on the pedal to try and pass and, fortunately, found the gap, but I really wasn’t counting on it.
At that moment, I felt only pleasure as the last time I was in this situation. I also felt like other cyclists are catching up with me, and tried not to lose focus, though I heard some fans. I particularly remember one man said to me: “Why are you going to retire?”.