Tuesday July 16th, 2013

Stage 16Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap

Start 13h25 GMT 2+

Chris Froome: "That put me in danger"

interview16.07.2013Stage 16- Vaison-la-Romaine / Gap

«I think he was actually taking a few too many risks there,» said the race leader about the antics of Alberto Contador in the final 10km of the 16th stage. The reference was, of course, about the incident that saw him ride off the road with about 7.5km to go... he didn't crash but he isn't happy about the way one of his GC rivals rode.

“He was pushing the limits too far and he took himself down in front of me which also put me as risk. I had to go off the road for a second to try and get around him. I didn't really come off, I just had to reclip into my bike and get going again. I don't think it was necessary to take those kinds of risks.

“Alberto Contador crashed in front of me. He was pushing, I think, a little bit too fast on the descent. Trying to get away from us and he crashed in front of me. That put me in danger. I went around, off the road, and then I had to correct myself and get back in. I was lucky enough to have my team-mate Richie Porte there to keep me in the front of the race and to keep an eye on things.

“It did give me a lot of confidence having my team-mate there and I knew the race wasn't going to ride away from me there and then... we were in quite a small group already.

“We've got a really big day tomorrow with the time trial and following that we've got another three really hard days so there's going to be some exciting racing coming up.”

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