Thursday, July 9, 2009

Drama to unfold!

Hinault tells Contador to attack Armstrong
Published: Thursday, 9 July 2009, 3:48PM
Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault believes Alberto Contador should attack Lance Armstrong on Friday's mountain stage and cement his leadership of Astana.

Hinault, 54, said Friday’s gruelling stage between Barcelona and Andorra-Arcalis could settle the issue of who leads the Astana team - if Spaniard Contador takes the initiative.

“If I were Contador, I would attack Armstrong tomorrow in the climb to Arcalis to set the record straight and show him who's the boss," Hinault said.

"To me, Contador is the natural team leader. He won the last three big Tours he entered and we don't know what Armstrong is really worth. We'll know tomorrow but for the time being, I believe Contador is stronger.”

Armstrong leads Contador by 19" in the GC, but Hinault believes the Spaniard has been treated unfairly by his team.

“I don't think Astana have been very fair on Contador. They hired him as their team leader and then out of the blue, they tell him, now you have to team up with Armstrong," Hinault said.

"Then they kept criticizing him every time he faltered, like in Paris-Nice. It's not a great way to treat your leader," he added.


  1. Not a big Hinault fan, but I couldn't agree more. In fact, I said the same thing. Go Bert!!

  2. I'm starting to feel a little sick. My throat's kind of tickly and I feel a fever coming on. I think I should stay home for tomorrow morning just to rest up. I think I'll feel better by about noon. Some couch time watching the Tour is what I need to get better.

  3. Yes, I think I feel the same thing coming on. So Brad, checked the garmin- I crashed at 41.7km/h.
    Elevation climbed was 176M for the 4 lap duration.

  4. That's fast enough to do some damage. Ouch.

    So, Bert gained 21 seconds on LA over what, 2 kms? What will happen on the next mountain stage? Larry, I am really going to enjoy that beer.