ImmaculateKadence said:To pmcg76, Race Radio, and Publicus....
It's not that I think AC was taking personal shots at LA, I think he has a certain level of insecurity (and maybe entitlement), and his comments contributed to some of the tension at Astana by immediately insuating he is the strongest rider. If he hadn't made those comments, I think there would have been less of a problem. Lance took it personally, which he shouldn't have done, and fired back by trying to belittle AC's skills in saying he had "lots to learn." At least, that's how I see it. Neither was the bigger man in this situation.
Actually you did imply that. And it wasn't insecurity . . . he was reading the situation with a cold eye.
How does that follow? He said that the situation could become complicated with the team favoring Lance over AC. That's not critical of Lance. That's noting the potential problems/complications that could (and did) arise with Lance's return. I made the same observation, not because I was concerned that AC couldn't handle it, but because it was one of two or three possible outcomes of Lance's return.
Sorry, I think you are off-base here.