Contador represented the end of Lance's control and dominance, over the team, the peloton, the media, and the Tour. That was more than enough for a control freak, egomaniac, and narcissist like Armstrong.
Lance couldn't cower him. Contador reacted to Lance with more a passive-aggressive approach than either fearing him or directly confronting him. He had no idea how to deal with it. Maddening to someone like Lance. Couldn't even respect him after time. Still seething about it.
yup he still hates him. and Iban Mayo. brings them up all the time on his podcast. he can't accept that sometimes they were just better than him.