Alberto Contador lambasted Lance Armstrong during a press conference after returning to his hometown of Pinto (near Madrid), saying that the tense relationship between the two riders caused a very uncomfortable situation for all team members.
“My relationship with Lance Armstrong is non-existent. Even if he is a great champion, I have never had admiration for him and I never will,” the Contador said. “On this Tour, the days in the hotel were harder than those on the road.Ã‚Â It was a delicate situation, very tense, the two riders who had most weight on the team did not have an easy relationship and that puts the rest of the technical staff and the riders in an uncomfortable position.”
Lance’s reply, via Twitter:
“Seeing these comments from AC. If I were him I’d drop this drivel and start thanking his team. w/o them, he doesn’t win.”
“hey pistolero, there is no “i” in “team”. what did i say in March? Lots to learn. Restated.”
Astana Team captain Johan Bruyneel and Armstrong both are leaving the team at the end of the year, and at present Contador is unsure of where he will go, saying “I do not know where I’ll go, but I am clear that it will be a team that is 100 percent behind me.”