Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has formed a potent alliance withAlberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard) in the third week of the Tour de France, and the Olympic champion is hoping that the two stages over the Galibier can help him finish on the podium in Paris.
Already a stage winner at Luz-Ardiden, Sanchez now approaches the final difficulties of the Tour in a relaxed frame of mind, and pointed out that there are other riders who are under more pressure to attack on the Galibier on Thursday afternoon.
"I'm in a waiting position and my contract is already practically fulfilled," Sanchez said, according to L'Équipe. "I've done my work. The two stages to come should suit me. But there are others who have more reason than me to inflame the race."
"These stages are already nervous enough, there's no need to take additional risks."
Sanchez went on the offensive with Alberto Contador on the descent of the Pramartino on Wednesday afternoon. Although the Spanish pair, who share a trainer in Pepe Martì, were swallowed up by Cadel Evans and the Schleck brothers just short of the finish line, their effort caused behind in the yellow jersey group behind.