Team Astana Reactions to the 2009 Tour de France Route Announcement
Contador, Armstrong, Bruyneel and Gallopin comments on the 2009 Tour de France route.
old friend the Ventoux, I could not have hoped for a different Tour.”
Armstrong added that “While there has been a fair bit of tension and numerous disagreements with the Tour and its organizers, I am well aware that there is new leadership at ASO and I look forward to upcoming conversations and to a mutually beneficial future together. Whether it's promoting the Livestrong global cancer campaign or making the biggest bike race in the world the gem that it deserves to be, I look forward to next year. I would also like to recognize the UCI and commend them for their aggressive stance against doping, a stance that is unmatched in all of world sport.”
When asked about who will leading Team Astana in the Tour de France 2009 Lance Armstrong told us that “It is illogical to pre-select a leader for any race in October of the previous year. We are blessed at Astana to have the strongest team in the world and I look forward to riding with all of these great riders. I have been around long enough to know that cycling is a team sport and I am fully committed to supporting the strongest rider in any race. Whether that's me, Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer, or Andreas Kloden.”