There is a glimmer of hope for Contador, though, because Froome’s Sky teammates have struggled at times. On two stages, Froome had to fend for himself. If that happens again in the Alps — and if he has a bad day — he could yet lose a serious amount of time.
“Yes, there is one stage I am looking at. It could be a good day to try something,” Contador said through a translator. “I’m going to look for an opportunity. In one week’s time you’ll know which one it was.”
Sky now have seven riders because Edvald Boasson Hagen retired with an injury last week and Vasil Kiryienka missed the time cut on Stage 9.
“We lost a lot of our horsepower, our engine room,” Froome said. “Since then it’s been about managing the resources we do have and trying to get through each day as best we can. I feel the guys have done a fantastic job.”
Froome may need a little bit more of a cushion, though, and he could target the 32km time trial.