A humbled Armstrong also took the opportunity to publicly apologize to riders he slighted in an interview published in John Wilcockson’s new Armstrong biography, calling last year’s Tour “a joke.”
“The Tour was a bit of a joke this year,” Armstrong told Wilcockson. “I’ve got nothing against Sastre or Christian Vande Velde. Christian’s a nice guy, but finishing fifth in the Tour de France? Come on.”
On Tuesday, Armstrong said he regretted those comments.
“As reported in the press, I was disrespectful, to Carlos Sastre, to Christian Vande Velde, to the guys who were a pressure in last year’s Tour,” he said. “And that was not correct.”
Armstrong was clear about something else, he’s riding to win this Tour, but said there’s room for both he and teammate Alberto Contador until things become sorted out in the mountains.
“There are two ways to define leader within this team – you can be strongest, or you can be leader because you have experience, age, the trust of the other riders. That might be my role,” he said. “I said to Alberto, let’s ride perfect and make this race almost impossible to win for others. I think we can say we accomplished that today.”
Maybe he's reading this forum?