â†µHe did have one gripe, however: Alberto Contador's vow that he would â†µ"never respect" Armstrong, the guy who helped him to a Tour win along â†µwith the rest of the Astana team. Rather than waiting for a â†µsympathetic reporter to call for a quote or hitting up his PR agent, â†µArmstrong took the shortest point between himself and the public: â†µTwitter, aka the instant press conference one can hold while relaxing â†µshirtless by the Caribbean. From his Twitter feed: â†µâ†µ
â†µâ‡¥Seeing these comments from AC. If I were him I'd drop this â†µâ‡¥drivel and start thanking his team. w/o them, he doesn't win. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µâ‡¥hey pistolero, there is no "i" in "team". what did i say in March? â†µâ‡¥Lots to learn. Restated. â†µâ‡¥â†µ
â†µArmstrong can be abrasive, annoying and all too happy to cloak â†µeverything he does as having something to do with cancer. I'm having â†µthis wine with Eddy Merckx in the name of fighting cancer! I'm not â†µracing for anything personal whatsoever, because of cancer? The answer â†µto any question you ask is CANCER. It can get repetitive and even a â†µbit grating, especially when an athlete with Lance Armstrong's ego â†µsimply has to play a role in wanting to show he can still compete at â†µhis age. (Which he certainly did, by any measure, in placing third â†µoverall.) â†µâ†µ
â†µHe is correct about Contador, however: on Mont Ventoux, Armstrong rode â†µhard on Frank Schleck's wheel to protect his teammate, playing the â†µpart of a seasoned domestique to perfection and helping Contador lock â†µup the yellow jersey on one of the Tour's most infamous climbs. Once â†µContador proved to be the stronger rider, he played his role dutifully â†µand balanced his role as a team member and overall competitor well. â†µIt's uncharitable and petty for Contador to disparage a guy who helped â†µhim win a Tour, and who got politely out of the way once it was â†µapparent who the stronger rider was for 2009. If Armstrong can stay in â†µform for 2010 and exert any sway over the politics of the peloton next â†µyear, Contador will feel the wrath of a wronged (if graying) Texan. â†µJust ask Fillippo Simeoni about that. â†µâ†µ
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