Lance Armstrong Looking for Respect

July 31, 2009

“Drop this drivel” were the words used by cyclist Lance Armstrong in reference to the comments made by his Astana teammate and this year’s Tour de France winner Alberto Contador. After his second Tour win in three years, the Spaniard talked about his stressful and ambiguous relationship with the American cyclist.

At a press conference in Madrid, Contador called the 37 year old former champion a “great rider,” but added that their relationship was “zero” and added “I never had great admiration for him and I never will,”.

“Seeing these comments from AC,” Armstrong responded via the social-networking website Twitter “if I were him, I’d drop this drivel and start thanking his team. Without them, he doesn’t win. Hey Pistolero, there is no ‘I’ in team.”

Although individual in appearance, professional tour cycling is very much a team sport. Certain cyclist have particular tasks and roles to perform during a race. Also, the psychological support the teammates demand and give to each other is an important factor for a teams success.

The seven Tour the France title winner finished third in his return to the great race after being absent since 2005 and breaking his collarbone during a race in Spain last March.The American stunned the cycling world with a quick recovery from a bout with cancer after which he pressed on and dominated the sport for much of the following decade.

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