- Oct 19, 2009
I just think it´s a smart decision!
ImmaculateKadence said:I understand what you're saying, but I perceive this as Contador being afraid of Vino as a competitor, which is understandable considering it happened with Lance this past year and the fact that Astana was Vino's team from the get go, or should I say his "baby."
If this is a tactic to force himself out, I don't blame him. He's the strongest rider in the world and deserves his own team. He just does things that rub me the wrong way; for instance, I don't like that he mentioned Vino by name. I would have phrased that demand differently: something like, "If recent transgressions would prevent Astana from participation in the Tour, then I may be immediately released from my contract and free to join another team to assure my participation as defending champion."
In regards to his positve test demands, I agree with him entirely and would probably ask the same thing myself.
racerralph said:Personally, I wish he'd have taken a more aggressive position with Astana, and left the team once the UCI told him that the contract was voided. But he is a bike racer, not a lawyer, and in this case, it seems that things are just going to drag on dismally, like almost everything else does, in this sport.
peloton said:UCI farked up again, the contract was not void.
peloton said:Well, Vino was the reason he wasn't allowed to race the Tour -08.
But it turned out well. Giro and Vuelta, cool.
dimspace said:actually no, vino was NOT the reason.. there was a lot more to it than that..
a little more research may be in order
Alpe d'Huez said:I think he's making the right statements. I mean, if Astana is smart, they'll know they have the guy who is highly, highly favored to win the Tour next year, and likely in impressive, dominating fashion. What is it worth to them to have this? They know this. AC knows this. If they're smart, they will work out some deal, and get AC the support he wants, and get Vino to agree to either not ride the Tour, or publicly, flatly state he'll be riding the Tour only to completely support AC, and will not pull an LA. Thus if he changes his mind, the entire cycling world will turn against him and view him as a backstabber.
Don't blame AC on his anti-doping demands either. It will keep the police at bay, keep doping down on his team, and what doping there is will be limited, and extremely covert, saving him potential public humiliation.
Still can't believe Astana, or anyone else, hasn't signed Kashechkin. The guy doped, yes, but showed talent, and just turned 29. Why is he still out in the cold?