Alberto Contador defiant despite first day crash at Tour de France

Battered and bruised, Spanish Tour de France overall contender Alberto Contador says a crash on the opening day will not affect him

Alberto Contador Defiant Despite First Day Crash At Tour De France

Spaniard Alberto Contador1 (Tinkoff), two-time winner of the Tour de France2, crashed today on the opening stage3 of the race to Utah Beach, but says the race is not over yet. Contador, one of the race favourites with Chris Froome4 (Sky) and Nairo Quintana5 (Movistar), crashed exiting a roundabout with Sky s Luke Rowe and Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing). He scraped his right side, from leg to shoulder, the same one he fell on and dislocated in the 2015 Giro d Italia that he won.

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My shoulder hurts depending on my position but the Tour de France doesn t end here, the rider that Spaniard s call El Pistolero said after the stage.

Alberto Contador Defiant Despite First Day Crash At Tour De France

Alberto Contador changes his bike after the crash on stage one, his injuries apparent

I want to be optimistic, I m thinking of taking a maximum profit of the hours ahead of tomorrow s uphill finish to recover. The incident happened at 78 kilometres to race in the 188-kilometre first stage through Normandy. Contador s front wheel slipped out from under him and he fell.

After he quickly returned to his bike, team-mates Maciej Bodnar and Matteo Tosatto helped him immediately in the chase to re-join the peloton.

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There was a lot of tension because we were fighting for positions at the front to avoid the wind, he added.

Alberto Contador Defiant Despite First Day Crash At Tour De France

Alberto Contador crashed along with Luke Rowe and Brent Bookwalter (right)

We were paying attention but I saw a central reservation too late and the front wheel went to the side. It s bad luck, I m screwed. Contador sought attention from the race doctor, who reported that he did not fracture his shoulder. Contador suffered abrasions to the right shoulder, elbow, hip and knee. In last year s Giro, he dislocated his shoulder after a stage six crash8, but continued to win two weeks later. In the 2014 Tour, however, he abandoned after breaking his leg.

All my right side is injured, from the knee to the shoulder, he explained. We know how cycling is: months of preparation and the first day you re on the ground.

Fortunately, nothing is broken and I ll try to pass the next few days the best I can to recover before the mountains.


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Michal Kwiatkowski: ‘I know how hard it is for Peter Sagan in the rainbow jersey’

The 2016 E3 Harelbeke winner Kwiatkowski says he knows what the pressure Peter Sagan is under riding as world champion

Michal Kwiatkowski: ‘I Know How Hard It Is For Peter Sagan In The Rainbow Jersey’

Team Sky s Michal Kwiatkowski1 gave the team its second consecutive win in E3 Harelbeke on Friday in Belgium, one year after Geraint Thomas2. In doing so, he shut down escape companion and world champion Peter Sagan3, who still is chasing his first win in the rainbow jersey. The 2014 champion says that he knows how hard it is to win in the coveted bands of the world champion. The two escaped at 31km remaining on one of the few asphalt climbs, but the one with the longest name: the Karnemelkbeekstraat. Sky teammate Ian Stannard4 marked the favourites behind and the gap went up to a half-minute.

Kwiatkowski marked Sagan in the last kilometres and then shot ahead in the final 200 metres to win in the small Flemish city.

I know the feeling of Peter, I know how it is to wear the world champion jersey as well, Kwiatkowski said. It s very difficult. I think both of us did a really good race. Sagan has yet to celebrate victory in the rainbow jersey that he earned in Richmond5, Virginia, last September. Kwiatkowski had his first as world champion in the Amstel Gold Race6 last April when he still raced for Etixx Quick Step.

Today, the Pole used E3 Harelbeke to win his first in Sky s black colours.

Watch: Servais Knaven talks Kwiatkowski s E3 win

Sky signed Kwiatkowski over the winter. He fills the gap of Thomas, who is focusing more on stage racing7, and Richie Porte, who won three week-long stage races last year before joining BMC Racing.

I feel very good on Team Sky. To be one of the leaders for the cobbled classics8 is an amazing feeling to be so protected. It is just more than I was dreaming about.

In the first race on the cobbles this year, winning E3 is amazing. Especially riding for Team Sky, to get the first win for them and myself in the team, Kwiatkowski added.

I knew I had to go with the long sprint because Peter seems to have a bigger punch than me. So I tried to go more than 300 metres before the finish and that worked out. I didn t look back. I just went full gas to the finish.

Sagan s bike and helmet with their glitter paint jobs shined more than he wanted to over the 206km race that is viewed as a litmus test for next week s Tour of Flanders9. Last year, he had found himself in a similar situation, when Thomas left him and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx Quick Step) behind.

You know the race is never like you expect, Sagan said.

I was with Michal on the front. In the last two kilometres on the radio, I heard, you have to pull, you have to pull because they were coming from the back, and I think I did a lot of work in the final and I was just without legs in the final. I worked more I think than I should ve and I was just without energy.

Flanders? I am preparing all the year for the Tour of Flanders. These are the goals for the start of the season.

After Flanders and Roubaix10, it s the second part of the season and there are other objectives. Milan-San Remo11, here, Flanders and Roubaix are the biggest races now.


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Mexico, a vacation destination too favorable to ignore

According to travel expert Mr. Arthur Frommer from frommers.com1 website, too little attention has been paid to the enormous recent drop in the value of the Mexican peso and to the favorable impact this has for American vacationers. While most travel commentators have focused on shifts in the value of European and Asian currencies, hardly anyone has written about the near-40% decline in the Mexican peso that has occurred within the past year. The bearer of U.S. dollars now receives nearly 19 pesos for each one of those greenbacks, as compared with only 13 pesos twelve months ago.Enjoying a splendid meal in a top Mexico City restaurant now costs nearly 50% less. But is travel to Mexico safe? According to the U.S.

State Department, it is quite safe in broad swaths of the country, but is unsafe elsewhere. In its recent travel advisories, our diplomats point out that none of Mexico s drug gangs have deliberately directed their violence against tourists, and that, therefore, the leading Mexican resort areas and tourist destinations are acceptably safe for our vacationers, who continue to visit Mexico in record numbers. Specifically, says the State Department, the American tourist is quite safe in Cancun, the Maya Riviera, Tulum and Playa del Carmen. The visitor is safe in the popular Yucatan Peninsula and in Tlaxcala and Veracruz. Tourists need not concern themselves unduly with danger in San Miguel de Allende (the residential choice of large numbers of American retirees), or in Guanajuato or Leon, Campeche, Chiapas or San Cristobal de las Casas. They can travel safely, according to State, throughout the entire Baja California peninsula, and of course to Cabo San Lucas and San Juan del Cabo at the bottom tip of that peninsula. They can go to Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo (provided they visit the last two by airplane or cruise ship). They can stay safely within the tourist heart of Acapulco, but not in its outlying neighborhoods, rural outskirts or suburbs.

The same with Mexico City itself, without venturing just outside the urban area.

Mexico, A Vacation Destination Too Favorable To Ignore

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Tourists should very definitely stay away, on the other hand, from Mexican areas bordering Texas and Arizona. They should not go to Aguascalientes, Colima or Manzanillo, Tamaulipas or Durango, and numerous other named states or cities of Mexico. When in doubt, it s wise to consult the more detailed listings and comments within the fairly lengthy State Department review of the subject. Generally, if your Mexican destination is a famous resort or touristic destination, it is safe to visit. And the rewards of visiting the most popular of tourist areas are considerable indeed. I think in particular of the outstanding resort hotels in the hotel zone of Cancun or along the beach-lined Maya Riviera, cautioning only that the most deluxe of those hotels may seek to charge you in dollars rather than pesos; by staying in moderately-priced hotels of the sort patronized also by peso-paying Mexicans, you will end up enjoying some of the most gentle hotel rates in travel today.

The bulk of Mexico is populated by gracious, outgoing people showing warmth to the foreign tourist. It is too rewarding a tourist destination to be avoided simply because some of its areas like the border areas have become embroiled in drug-related violence.

Choosing wisely, you will enjoy a low-priced and entirely safe vacation.
By Arthur Frommer author of the 1957 revolutionary travel book Europe on $5 a Day




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