Saturday July 12th, 2014

Stage 8Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Start 13h40 (Local time)

Vincenzo Nibali: "The race is more than a duel"

interview12.07.2014Stage 8- Tomblaine / Gérardmer La Mauselaine

Race leader.

"Alberto Contador took the race in hand. The last climb suited him more than me. It was very difficult and explosive. I quickly understood what he wanted to do since he put his team at work. He attacked me but I was going well. I made a little mistake in choosing my gear. It was a bit too big. We've all paid the efforts of the previous days. In my team, [Tanel] Kangert has waited for [Jakob] Fuglsang who almost crashed because we prefer to have two men high on GC. Michele Scarponi remained on my side. We spoke well about what to do when Contador would accelerate. We expected him to do so anytime. He's ready to gain time wherever he can. He went strongly! I've tried to handle the situation the best way I could. I've tried to control till the very end. I've resisted to all of his attacks. The race is not a duel though. It's more than that. Richie Porte is up there. He was supposed to be the last man for Froome. He's not here by coincidence. I've also seen Valverde riding at ease even if he lost a bit at the end. There have been great riders in action today. I feel good despite the rain. I try to remain calm in all occasions."

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