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Contador asserts supremacy?

Oh, is that what it is?

Feillu wins stage 7, Nocentini grabs yellow and Contador asserts supremacy – VeloNews

After a few flurries, Contador took a sharp dig, accelerating on the steeps like only he can. Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck took up the chase with only six of men able to follow. Under the 1km kit, Garmin’s Bradley Wiggins attacked, and Evans countered.

Across the line, Contador had put 21 seconds on his chasers. In doing so, he moved into second overall — and sent a message to the world.

Yep … his message is that he doesn’t care about team tactics; doesn’t care about attacking his own teammate, and based on quotes in the next excerpt has the balls to lie about it.

Contador’s shot across the bow: Yellow jersey attack falls short, but sends a signal – VeloNews

Contador said he was responding to attacks from his rivals and was not trying to gap his teammates, but he admitted that the strong headwinds short-circuited his bid for yellow.

“We were waiting to see how the race unfolded and we saw Schleck and Evans moving, so I wanted to try. The time differences were small, but it’s good for what lies ahead,” Contador said. “In balance, this is good for the team. I don’t think this changes anything within the team.”

Contador’s gamble backfired and the spindly climber was stymied by fierce headwinds and fell six seconds short of taking yellow. Armstrong slipped into third at eight seconds back.

By attacking contrary to the team’s strategy, he publicly snubbed his nose at Armstrong and all but confirmed that speculation of behind-the-scenes division within the team is true.

Had Contador succeeded in grabbing yellow, he would be protected by the prestige and honor that comes with the race jersey. Now Armstrong will have no reason to hold back if he feels he has the legs to attack.

As Armstrong said in his post-race interview, “the team isn’t the problem” … nope; Contador is the problem. I will be very surprised if he is still riding for this same team/organization in 2010.

4 Comments on "Contador asserts supremacy?"

  1. The battle of the huge egos! What a soap opera!

  2. Why wouldn’t he try and win? He is stronger. Egos are right. There is no appointed mesiah. Let the legs decide.

  3. Contador just unleashed the giant. He sits back and lets the team pull the group up then attacks his own team. Armstrong held back on purpose, rule is you don’t chase your own teammate. He gave Contador his chance and Contador fell short. I wouldn’t doubt that Armstrong is going to leave Contador at the base of the Alps. If you’re Levi who would you rather pull up the Alps? Duh! It’s going to be fun. Enjoy.

  4. David: If you’re Levi who would you rather pull up the Alps? Duh! It’s going to be fun. Enjoy.

    Levi was working for Lance no matter what. The bigger problem for Contador is that Bruyneel has a financial interest to work for Armstrong’s victory as well. Wouldn’t an Armstrong victory be the perfect set up for a new team organized by Lance with Johan Bruyneel at the helm. Only Contador stands in the way. Even if he is the stronger rider I don’t know that Contador has the tactical skills to take on Lance and his team director. His attack was to late and probably a result of him reacting to the pressure to hold onto his leadership in a way that in retrospect was strategically lacking.

    To bad they are on the same team. I would have rather seen a race between two great athletes rather then a soap opera where political, financial and tactical maneuvers may count for more then athletic prowess. Either way win or lose Contador won’t be on this team next season neither will Bruyneel.

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