Too Many Alpha-Males
In the wild, there is only one true alpha male in the pack. In the professional cycling peloton, there a many – but you have to wonder how many there can be on a single team. I read this interview of Alberto Contador and he sounded very much like the leader of the Astana team. A man who has matured greatly over the last 24 months of building a name for himself. A man who thinks Lance Armstrong is going to be his domestique in this year’s Tour de France.
Q: How is Astana looking in 2009?
AC: The team this year is very good and we’ve made some important reinforcements. Of Haimar Zubeldia, you already know of his quality and we don’t need words. He can have a fundamental role in three-week tours. Another big last-minute score has been the arrival of Popovych. He worked hard during the 2007 Tour and he’s very happy to be able to come back with us. Then there are other riders, like Jesús Hernández, who I normally train with, who I believe this year will make a big improvement and it will be noticed by the team.
Granted the next question asked him specifically about Lance Armstrong. Maybe he had a bet going with his home boys as to how many questions he would be asked before the question of Lance arose.
Read more of the interview -> VeloNews – Contador ready to kick-start season