I ended up in a conversation
today with Weiyun
and Simon Sharwood
. I didn't get to finish what I had to say, and it really requires a little more than 140 characters so I decided to write a blog post.
At issue is that Contador was "unprofessional" for attacking during last nights stage. Reading today's news
Bruyneel had told Contador not to attack, but he did, cracking Kloden in the process.
Weiyun, and others, are of the opinion that that was unprofessional behaviour as a team member.
I say there is no team at play here and Alberto should ride for himself.
Put yourself in his position.
You're (arguably) the best rider in the world, with all three grand tours under your belt when a past champion, and close friend of your team manager comes out of retirement and immediately gets a spot on your team and starts making public noises about wanting to with the tour again.
All of a sudden, it's all about him, not you. The team seem to be riding more for him, not you and the public statements say that the team will support whoever is strongest.
You prove your strength.
Next thing, the team manager announces that he is leaving the team to start a new team with the old champion, team owners start making noises about the disgraced former leader coming back, your team is going to fall apart.
Now you're on the market, at the negotiation table with other teams.
First thing that will be asked of you when money is discussed is "are you really that much better than Lance ?". You need to show people.
So you're on a climb, your team manager is telling you to not attack, so that the former champion doesn't lose any time. A team manager and former champion rumoured to not play nice
There is no team, the team management don't have a care in the world about you. You need to show what you can do, this is your career at stake.
Would you attack ?
Of course you would.