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'It'll be a tricky night,' says Alberto Contador after nightmare day

'It'll be a tricky night,' says Contador after nightmare day

06/04/2017 at 16:56Updated 06/04/2017 at 20:26

Alberto Contador said he was predicting an uncomfortable night ahead after a nightmare day at the Tour of the Basque Country which saw him replace a bike, suffer two crashes and then get a puncture too.

Primoz Roglic (LottoNI-Jumbo) soloed away to win stage four and go second in GC behind David De La Cruz (Quick-Step), but there was plenty of carnage on the road to Bilbao.

Video - Contador carnage: Spanish star goes through hell in Basque Country

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Contador was at the centre of much of it. As the peloton entered the city, the Spaniard was one of the riders brought down by a crash into a road barrier.

After rejoining the peloton, and with around 20km to go, Contador suffered a mechanical and had to swap bikes with team-mate Julien Bernard.

There was still time for a puncture before the stage was out and Contador, who dropped one minute and 28 seconds, was left cursing his luck.

"If I have got through today, anyone can get through anything," he said.

"There are times when you fall and the only thing to do is get back up. It was a pretty bad fall. I'm still hot. It's going to be a tricky night.

"I've had to change my bike in the climb... and at the end I got a puncture."

Stage four result

1. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL) 4:23:46"

2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Sunweb) +3"

3. Giovanni Visconti (Italy / Bahrain)

4. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Team Sky)

5. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica)

6. Patrick Konrad (Austria / BORA)

7. Rudy Molard (France / FDJ)

8. Diego Ulissi (Italy / UAE Team Emirates)

9. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany / BORA)

10. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar)

GC after stage four

1. David De La Cruz (Spain / Quick-Step) 16:38:43"

2. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL) ST

3. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland / Team Sky) +3"

4. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar)

5. Patrick Konrad (Austria / BORA)

6. Rudy Molard (France / FDJ)

7. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL)

8. Ruben Fernandez (Spain / Movistar)

9. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Cannondale)

10. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R)

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