1- I asked for an example of LA ACTIVELY working for AC. Not sitting on oponents wheels. You know, kind of like when Heras, Ekimov, Rubiera etc used to help LA as a team leader.Rupert said:Agree with Jay on 4 and 5.
Re 1 - More than once when AC was up the road, Lance sat on and waited until there was no danger of his bringing a GC contender with him before he made a move (including Andorra).
2 - Agree with Fulcrum on the twittering - Lance has never been very good about putting a sock in his mouth and has often spoken up when silence would have been better (like the time he said he didn't think Jan really waited for him) .. Although some of Lance's comments have often been quoted out of context in the press (and blogs), since they're always trying to stir up as much as possible to get a juicy story. Same true of AC - the press makes the most of anything they can get if it makes a grabby headline.
3 - Sure the announcement is a fact, but I don't see that as something aimed at AC or anyone else.
And while I do think that Lance coming back to Astana did not help with building a healthy team dynamic on Astana, I do think Lance has made an effort to be a good teammate as things developed during the race. I think some of ACs recent comments (help Lance and Klodi on Ventoux) are an indication that he is trying to mend fences, and maybe recognizes that some of his recent moves haven't been helpful.
3- It has a lot to do with AC. First of all it takes away from the share of the media coverage he would normally get as a result of AC's stage wins. Second, it creates unsettlement on the team with people talking about where they are going to be next year. Third, Lance knows he brings money and opportunity to the table, so there is the issue of what kind of favors he might get from the likes of Kloden for a seat in next years team. And that affects AC.
All of that could be avoided if Lance were to wait until next Sunday or Monday for the announcement. But he chose not to.