Current Tour de France champion, Spaniard Carlos Sastre, lashed out yesterday over a perceived “lack of respect” coming into the event. He further claimed conspiracy, as he believes certain riders are purely out to get him and to make sure that he doesn’t win the tour.
He also didn’t make many new friends when he stated that the Contador vs Armstrong rivalry had made the race “boring”. Here’s what Sastre had to say:
I think it’s disrespectful, as defending champion, to always be faced with questions about Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador. For months you’ve been creating a rivalry between Armstrong and Contador, and now that the race has become boring and there’s nothing more to write about you turn to me and expect me to do something. I’m not a box of magic tricks.
Personally, I think Sastre should be keeping these types of thoughts to himself. It’s not the conduct of a professional sportsman. You should be gracious in defeat, senor! But on the other side of the coin, I’m happy he said it, because it now proves that MTBers are much better professionals hehehe…
What are your thoughts on this year’s Tour de France? Do you agree with Sastre’s statements?
Ricky in Spandex