Armstrong declines to up rhetoric
Lance Armstrong remains five seconds ahead of defending Tour champion Alberto Contador. Sunday’s results didn’t change the time gap Armstrong had on Contador from the opening prologue.
Contador, speaking to the Spanish media late Saturday, discounted the prologue results.
“Those results don’t change anything for the rest of the race,” Contador said. “This is a minor gap, and we don’t have to give too much importance to this.”
A reporter asked Armstrong to respond. He hesitated to talk about his former teammate, although the two are known not to get along.
“I don’t want to escalate the rivalry anymore than it is now,” Armstrong said. “I like where I finished (in the prologue). I didn’t want to be placed any further down,” in the standings.
Fabian Cancellara, left, gets the overall leader’s yellow jersey from retired Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx, 65, after the first stage of the Tour de France on Sunday.