Alberto Contador 'afraid' during Tour de France cobbles stage

Tinkoff-Saxo manager Bjarne Riis says Alberto Contador was nervous when faced with wet cobbles, losing time to rival Vincenzo Nibali

Alberto Contador on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Alberto Contador lost over two minutes to race leader Vincenzo Nibali and faces an uphill battle to win a third title because he was "afraid" when the Tour de France raced over the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix.

"In sector one, he was in the front, he was OK, but in sector two there was a lot of mud and he was afraid to be honest," Tinkoff-Saxo team manager, Bjarne Riis said of Wednesday's stage. "I think he was happy to survive. I mean, he's 60 kilogrammes, what do you do?! Nibali is different rider, technically, he's very good."

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