Alberto Contador Press Conference Interview - 2009 Tour de France - Rest Day 1
The other favorites will have to attack. There is no tension between Lance Armstrong and I.
and is, therefore, deceitful. So far there have not been any stages that could be used to analyze if there is someone in the peloton who is stronger than I.
Armstrong said yesterday that there was a little tension in the team. Do you feel alone?
I have read his statements, but for me there is no tension at all. I am very relaxed.
Do you feel alone, is your principal opposition inside Team Astana?
I do not feel alone at all, because I have people who support me absolutely around me in this Tour and that continues to be very important. In my team there are riders with many options and skills and who are clear candidates for the GC, but I do not think about it. A lot of the Tour de France 2009 still remains and in any case, it's better that the victory remains within the team than that it goes to another team.
What will be the situation if Lance Armstrong attacks in the mountains. Will you try to catch him or not?
If Armstrong attacks I am not going to catch him. The others will have to catch him.
With all these questions, do you feel happy in this Tour?
Yes, it is a happy Tour because my sensations are very good. The Tour is the Tour and the environment is not as bad as others can possibly think. In other races it has been better, but anyway I am very satisfied with this Tour.
Some news has gone out about Fernando Alonso's offer to you to start a new team. What will be your future?
During the next two weeks I will concentrate only on the Tour. Then we'll have to see what happens afterwards, but this is only a rumor. I still have a year of contract left.
In other big tours that you won you were the solo team leader, how do you confront this new situation?
I live it with enough normality, because I knew that this situation was going to arise in spite of what was said ahead of the Tour. When I'm on my bike it does not affect me at all.
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