Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador has declined to make any comment regarding the possibility of his onetime team mate and bitter rival Lance Armstrong being stripped of all the seven Tour de France titles and banned for life, instead, choosing to pay a handsome tribute to a man he considers one of the greatest cyclists of all time, with superior skills on the bicycle. Armstrong had made it clear that he would not be seeking arbitration against the charges of doping that the US Anti Doping Agency has leveled against him.
Following this statement, the agency issued a statement where it announced that Armstrong has been stripped of all his titles, awards, records and prize money after the period of 1st August, 1998 and has been banned from professional cycling for life. And Alberto Contador, who was a hesitant partner of the American when he returned to the sport with Astana back in 2009, stated that he didn’t follow the case and kept his distance from it.
He stated that he is not aware of the case, adding that he shuts himself off from the outside world when he races so that he can focus on the race. Contador is competing in the Vuelta de Espana and was asked to comment about Armstrong before the start of the seventh stage of the race. He went on to state that he had no idea if the case is still on and maintained that he was not thinking about it.
Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong were team mates when the American returned to cycling after a three year break from the sport. The Spaniard, however, emerged as the No. 1 in the team and won the Tour de France title with Armstrong finishing 3rd, forcing him to move teams and join the Radio Shack Team.