Arm­strong de­clines to up rhetoric

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

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.

Bas Czerwinski

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.