Not to beat a dead horse, but here I go. LA having essentially unlimited funds and a vindictive type-A personality is coming after Contador @ the TDF in 2010. After Armstong is finished draining Astana of talent does the young pistoleer have any chance?
A few days ago, Johan Bruyneel explained on these same pages that the Astana team didn’t do anything contrary to your interests, so we’ll put the question to you. Is it true?
Well, the team followed conservative tactics overall, when to me at certain times it would have worked in my interest for the race to go faster. As for harming me, it didn’t harm me, but it’s clear to me that I would have done better if the race had gone faster at certain times.
We’re not saying that it harmed you, but they didn’t ride like they were supporting you, right?
Yes, that’s right. The team didn’t harm me and in the end the results were very good, but yes, at certain times I would’ve liked it if the team had ridden differently.
Does it cost you to do two big stage races?
Last year I finished very tired, physically and psychologically, even though I acknowledge that Armstrong’s return to the team also had a lot of influence.
Speaking about Armstrong, has he already forgotten all the quarrels, has he turned the page? Or does the rivalry live on?
For my part, I’ve turned the page. It served to teach me a lot of things, like how to stay calm in limited situations. Overall, I believe that it was good for me, for growing as a rider and as a person. But now the only thing I’m thinking about is the future.
Radio Shack won't give him trouble next year, especially if he goes to Garmin/ CdE, Saxo-Bank will.