Tour de France Alberto Contador has 'more doubts than last year' ahead of Tour de France

Alberto Contador admitted he has "more doubts than last year" as he prepares for the second part of his Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double.

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Alberto Contador admitted he has "more doubts than last year" as he prepares for the second part of his Giro d'Italia-Tour de France double.

The Tinkoff-Saxo rider is the only general classification (GC) contender at the 2015 Tour to also have raced the Giro this year, with Contador having claimed the second pink jersey of his career in May.

Ahead of Saturday's opening stage of Le Tour in Utrecht, Contador - who rates this year's route as "the hardest" he has raced - knows he has set himself a mighty challenge of winning a third yellow jersey.

Contador crashed out of the 2014 Tour, as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) went on to win his maiden GC title.

"What worries me the most, because it is totally new, is how my body will recover from those efforts [in Italy]," Contador said at a media conference on Thursday.

"The Tour route, in terms of its mountains, is the hardest of all the Tours I've done and in the first nine days, there are six stages, which are going to be really tough. So staying consistent will be the key.

"If had to decide between the feelings I had before last year's Tour and this year I'd choose last year. [Last year] I had prepared for the Tour very well and last year I was not so worried about fatigue and how I would recover.

"I have more doubts than last year. My objective is to win the Tour but I am aware that it is very difficult."

Contador insisted he has done everything he can to recover from his Giro exertions and claimed he is "in good shape".

The 32-year-old cyclist, however, is not the only rider from Tinkoff-Saxo's Tour line-up to be backing up from the Giro with key domestiques Michael Rogers, Ivan Basso and Roman Kreuziger also doing the double, alongside Matteo Tosatto.

By comparison, reigning champion Nibali has just one support rider - Tanel Kangert - who also raced the Giro, Team Sky have two (Richie Porte and Leopold Konig) and Movistar have none.

Contador is not concerned though, claiming the experience of Tinkoff-Saxo's Giro-Tour troop will keep them going through the next three weeks.

"Five of us are doing the Giro-Tour but the five are all veterans, with a lot of experience and endurance," he said.

"...I am really hopeful that the whole group will operate at a higher level than the team did in the Giro, too."

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