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I feel sorry for Alberto Contador

by vidic4ever (U11870489) 23 September 2008
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Considering Alberto Contador is probably the best cyclist around at the minute i find it hard to beieve that Astana would be prepared to let him go and replace him with lance armstrong who hasnt raced in a long time. Contador said if Armstrong came to Astana he would consider leaving if he wasnt given equal status and you cant blame him for wanting that. So if Contador leaves who will he go to considering he doesnt want a rival for no.1 slot but needs a good team:
CSC- good team but have high hopes for the schlecks
Caisse d'epargne - also good team but valverde wouldnt want it
silence-Lotto- they have Kohl and evans
cervelo- cant see sastre and contador linking up

so that leaves either columbia or euskaltel if he decides to leave both teams have quite strong teams but wouldnt be as strong as CSC, Astana, Silence, caisse d'epargne so it would really be a test of contadors credentials if he left astana to find a team capable of leading him to a 2nd tour de france but whatever happens and whtever tem he races ofr i will support him and have confidence that he can get the job done because as seen in the Vuelta he is truely the king of the mountains and nobody not even lance armstrong could stay with him if he kicks up l'alpe d'huez

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posted Sep 26, 2008

The tour will be a heap more interesting with Contador and Armstrong on different teams, I'm gonna go for Caisse D'Epargne. Valverde proved last year he's not going to win the tour, and Pereiro was a one off, and a good team player.

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comment by omgidbi (U8078647)

posted Sep 26, 2008

i think Contador doesn't fear Lance on a bike. He knows he is most likely to be better. What he fears is whether or not the best rider on a team is allowed to win or not. Lemond in '85 & (possibly) Ullrich in '96 spring to mind as examples of Tours where the best rider was held back.

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posted Sep 26, 2008

>No disrespect to Contador, but his comments - ie. he might leave Astana when Armstrong arrives, just confirms my opinion that he, Contador has 'bottled it'. If you are the best cyclist in the world, you shouldn't fear anyone - including Armstrong.<

Doesn't matter if he's a better cyclist or not, if his team isn't going to work for him than that poses a whole lot of problems for Contador. If he, Lance and say Leipheimer are ahead in the decisive mountain stage and Contador gets a flat tire - if Armstrong is their leader than there isn't a change in hell Levi is going to give up his wheel. If Contador falls in a windy stage like the one where Menchov lost half a minute this year, and Armstrong stays in the first group, how many men do you think Astana are going to sacrifice to get Contador back.

Contador has won the three major tours, and he more than deserves to be a team's main man. If Contador and Armstrong are going to be on the same team, than they ought to be on equal terms at least. I understand Contador for wanting to leave if he is going to be downgraded to wingman.

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posted Sep 26, 2008

"How can Contador now ever be considered the best cyclist in the world? Perhaps the 'yellowest' cyclist in the world but surely not the best... C'mon Lance!"

if you are calling contador yellow because he doesnt want ot be at a team where he cant win the tour de france then u obviously know nothing about cycling


"as he knows Levi and Andreas would do the same if asked, as would Haimar"

Have u watched the tour recently cos i have never heard anyone saying that kloden is a good team player and why should contador ride for lance when contador is the best cyclist in the world its like roger federer winning all his matches so that he can let Murray win in the final u just dont do that if ur the best at ur sport




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posted Sep 26, 2008

With Armstrong on the team, he will make the decisions (after all, he made Bruneeyl) and Contador will be forced to comply. Best if Contador leaves now and becomes a rival with another team. There is only so much space once Armstrong's ego enters the room.

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posted Sep 26, 2008

Armstrong will come back to the sport as a has been who can never repeat the stunning form of his glory years. i would rather he didnt come back and spoil the legend of never losing a tour de france once he won his first one. As for contador i think he should leave, armstrong will probably hold him back on the tour as armstrong will be their leader probably.

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posted Sep 26, 2008

"Contador said if Armstrong came to Astana he would consider leaving if he wasnt given equal status and you cant blame him for wanting that."

The problem is that I don't think Contador is looking for equality. He quite rightly wants his own team.

It's a difficult situation because Brunyeel (spelling?) can hardly say "no" to Armstrong and you can hardly blame Armstrong for wanting to work with his old boss.

I want Contador to leave the team because it would spoil the spectacle if the tours best 2 riders are on the same team and one of them is forced into a supporting role. Schleck and Evans couldn't hold a candle to either of those two.

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comment by CS (U13260344)

posted Sep 26, 2008

I think we're all making the assumption that LA will still be a quality rider, however i have my doubts that he can live up to the hype especially after his abscence.

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posted Sep 27, 2008

Well I don't think Contador has much to prove given that he's won all 3 Grand Tours inside of 2 years...

You have to think that Lance Armstrong is not coming back to cycling to be a domestique, so this does put Contador in an "interesting" position. If I were him, I might think of jumping ship too. Even if Lance did agree to ride for him (and I don't think that would ever happen) the media circus would be overwhelming and I think it would be difficult to maintain focus. Perhaps the plan is for Contador to skip the Tour entirely to let Lance have his moment in the sun?

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