The Tinkoff-Saxo rider dislocated his shoulder after crashing in the finishing straight on Stage 6. Determined to continue, he suffered through the 264km epic from Grosseto to Fiuggi, finishing the stage alongside his rivals Fabio Aru (Astana) and Richie Porte (Sky) to retain the race lead.
“I’m happy because I made it through this very long day and that is something I wasn’t sure about before the stage and especially not yesterday," said Contador.
"On the other hand, I have suffered a lot experiencing much pain. It was a stage of more than seven hours and after around four hours I had a moment where I didn’t know where to place my hand on the handlebar."
Suriving the longest stage of the race has given Contador hope for the remaining two weeks.
“Now I hope that with more days on the bike I will be a little bit better, but for sure I have some very difficult days ahead of me. I hope that I can make it through them as best as possible."
Saturday's eighth stage will be a crucial test for the Spaniard as the Giro d’Italia moves into the mountains with an uphill finish to the category one climb of Campitello Matese.
“Yes, tomorrow is a complicated day for me. It’s a day that I was waiting for prior to my crash, because it was a stage, where I could have attacked. But now I have to be calmer and quieter on the bike and wait and see what my rivals do. At this moment, the only thing I’m thinking of is to put ice on my shoulder and knee to recover in the best way possible."