Peter Garnry
Cycling superstar Alberto Contador joins Saxo Bank's Head of Equity Strategy Peter Garnry on the trading floor at Saxo Bank for a special update on the Trade Like A Pro competition.
Article / 29 May 2015 at 9:54 GMT

#TradeLikeAPro: Payback time for Contador Team / Saxo Bank

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Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador was well aware of what lay ahead on the decisive Monte Ologno climb, as he launched a strong attack at the bottom with 43km to go on stage 18. The determination would eventually net him 1’13” on his main rivals and at the finish line he had extended his overall lead to 5’15” over Mikel Landa.

“Today's scenario was a bit different from what happened on the Mortirolo. Before the climb, my team was working hard on the front and expending energy because I knew that we had to be at the front going into the climb, and we wanted to avoid problems," said Contador.

He added: "In the event, Landa was caught behind, for the first time in the race. Overall, I'm very happy to have gained more time in the GC. I'm tired, because after the last climb it was a time trial, but every day is hard here. We'll see what happens tomorrow and the following day”

 Contador crossing the finishing line after a tough stage

Crash in the peloton

Stage 18 took the riders 170km from Lugano along the Lago Maggiore to Verbania with the biggest obstacle, the climb to Monte Ologno, coming after 124km of riding. 

With the breakaway approaching the climb more than 11 minutes ahead, it was obvious that the winner would be found out in front. However, that didn’t stop Alberto Contador from launching an attack at the 1st category climb.


Contador seizing the opportunity to attack

In the immediate beginning of  the ascend, the majority of team Sky had a close-encounter with the Italian asphalt stopping Mikel Landa in his tracks. 

When learning of the event, team captain Contador seized the opportunity to put further distance between him and the competition and gave the order for Roman Kreuziger to push the pace and put pressure on the peloton. 

Shortly after, Contador continued his attack alone setting a rigorous pace up as he ascended the category 1 climb with 35km to the finishing line. The strategic attack won back seconds lost to team Astana.

Wishing Contador and Tinkoff-Saxo good luck and good legs in days to come.


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