Contador revealed details of the power struggle between the Spaniard and veteran Armstrong, the winner (at the time) of seven editions of the Tour de France, in a video interview with YouTube vlogger Valentí Sanjuan last week.Contador was left alone when Armstrong and the Astana team attacked en masse in the Stage 3 rungs, then attacked en route to Andorra and again to Switzerland to establish overall victory. In Andorra, Contador has gained enough time to overtake Armstrong in the overall standings and regain leadership of the team, but his attack sparked a huge argument on the team bus.
“Armstrong told me that I had not respected the team’s tactics and I told him that he had not respected me all year. He stopped me there and said, “OK, Pistolero. “
“Then he came to me after everyone left the bus after the meeting and said, in Spanish,‘No me jodas ‘ – [Don’t fuck with me – ed.] “
Contador has also revealed a series of mind games that he claims that Armstrong and the team tried to play with him, including being forced to buy his own time trial wheels.
When the Tour de France finally reached Paris, Contador beat Andy Schleck at 4:11 am, with a third Armstrong with a tormented face on the final podium at 5:24 am Armstrong retired after the 2011 Tour Down Under and was ultimately robbed of his seven Tour victories after being found guilty of doping for much of his career in a detailed investigation by USADA.
Armstrong responded to Contador’s revelations in an Instagram video message on Monday. He was expected to fight back, but instead turned his other cheek and accepted defeat, saying he didn’t want to go back to the bitter spitting.
“There was a little buzz in the cycling world about a recent interview with Alberto Contador and I was asked a lot to comment,” said Armstrong.
“But there really is no comment. What I’m going to say, and I guess it’s a comment, and so I will say, is that the best man won in 2009.
“The last time I checked was in mid-April 2020 and life is still being forward and it’s not inverted or neutral, so I have no desire to go back and trying to figure out who picked the fights on the bus, who has wheels. Regardless, the best man won the race and it was not me. So I’m going to end with this. “