Contador vows to battle on
Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank star sets sights on Spanish success
Last Updated: September 4, 2012 5:38pm
Contador: 28 seconds down with five stage to go
Alberto Contador vows he will fight Joaquim Rodriguez all the way to the finish in his bid to win the Vuelta a Espana.
Contador trails his Spanish compatriot by 28 seconds heading into the final five stages of the three-week race, which finishes on Sunday, but there are some massive climbs yet to come including the fearsome Bola del Mundo.
The former Tour de France winner has tried to attack Rodriguez on most of the mountain passes so far - without success - but he remains hopeful that one of his raids will bear fruit.
Speaking at a rest day press conference, he said: "I can't change myself, and one thing that never crosses my mind is not to go for the overall victory.
"If there was a climb close to the finish on one stage where I could attack from further out rather than having to wait for the last four to five kilometres to make my move, that would be ideal.
"And we've only really had 13.5 kilometres of flat time trial but the route is what it is and we have to adapt to that.
"If I had a little better race condition there's no doubt I wouldn't have lost time where I did in the first week. But Joaquim's form is impressive, too, and we have to congratulate him for that."