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Contador apologises to Schleck

2010-07-20 11:10

Madrid - Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador has apologised for the way he took over the lead in the Tour de France from rival Andy Schleck.

"Chaingate"

In Monday's stage, Schleck's chain came off and Contador kept riding, rather than waiting in accordance with race etiquette.

In a video posted on YouTube, Contador said "Maybe I made a mistake. I'm sorry. I don't like things like what happened today(Monday), I'm not like that and I hope the relationship that I have with Andy can go back to being as good as it was before this happened."

Contador initially insisted he hadn't seen that Schleck had a problem.

The tour continues on Tuesday with the 16th stage.

AP

Comments
  • Mielies - 2010-07-20 11:16

    Contador is a Chop!

  • BeeGee - 2010-07-20 11:58

    Very hollow victory Senor Contador. HOWEVER - was the chain slip a "user error" or a "mechanical failure"? Either way - not a great way to take over the yellow jersey after such a great rivalry thus far.

  • Jo - 2010-07-20 12:05

    First Contadork says he didn't see the chain prob. now he is saying sorry !! Go figure !!

  • AJ - 2010-07-20 12:14

    Yeah sure, what did you think he was doing - stopping 10 seconds after he starts an attack to take some photo's?

  • Gary Botha - 2010-07-20 12:16

    So now he apologises, not very clever because not only is he an idiot and a bad sportsman, but also a liar.I wonder what the likes of Kitchener from the previous forum have to say now, I suppose like Contador they will hang on to ignorance.

  • Ian - 2010-07-20 12:22

    Chop Chop

  • steve - 2010-07-20 12:25

    So much for the spirit of this game! I thought that fellow riders NEVER attacked the yellow jersey if the wearer had a small glitch type problem? The winner has to wear the yellow jersey with pride knowing that he beat all the other riders "fair and square". Not by attacking thru feeding zones and minor glitches. If the yellow jersey falls and is out of the race, then I have no problem with an attack. This makes Contadors apology rather hollow and he knows it!

  • jean george - 2010-07-20 12:27

    This is a very competitive race, what ever advantage you get you show take it.

  • Joeman - 2010-07-20 12:27

    So what was he supposed to ..wait for schleck and see Menchov and Sanchez make inroads! If he had a puncture what would have happened. he would have to wait for his team car. Or take team mates bike that was well down on the slope.. Dont forget on the cobbles he didnt wait for brother when frank broke his collarbone! Lets see whether Schleck can noe attack in the remaining mounain stages and the time trial... no doubt both of them are great cyclist but stop trying to be goodie two shoes here.. its a paid sport

  • jean george - 2010-07-20 12:28

    This is a very competitive race, what ever advantage you get you show take it.

  • Simon says - 2010-07-20 12:40

    I dont understand this, when the jockey falls off a horse the rest keep racing, when a F1 driver gets a puncture the rest keep racing, a boot falls off in rugby keep playing, so why should he stop. Its pathetic, its a race for crying out loud , not a fun ride.

  • Graham - 2010-07-20 12:47

    If it was a "mechanical failure " he would have had to get assistance from the team car but this was not necessary. I believe that it was a " user error " in his attempt to get away from Contador and thus Contador had every right to push ahead and obtain the yellow jersey.

  • Not Contrador fan - anymore - 2010-07-20 15:43

    I have lost my respect for Contrador as a cyclist.

  • shrubber - 2010-07-21 16:27

    Does no-one remember Armstrong waiting for Ulrich after he went off the road on a downhill??? This Contador oke's an insult to the pro ethic.... and a BFL (rather large liar) to boot....

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