A lot of hype is being built around the Criterium International which is going to be held this weekend at Corsica. Most of the hype revolves around Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador racing against each other in the event, which would be their first ever since last year’s Tour de France.
However, Contador is downplaying the challenge that his former Astana teammate supposedly presents, saying that many other riders are in much better shape than Armstrong as of the moment, and is instead acknowledging Cadel Evans to be a stronger threat.
Armstrong and Contador were not even supposed to meet each other in this weekend’s Criterium International. The two feuding cyclists were instead expected to race in the 2010 Tour de France, not before, but somehow Contador decided to drop his scheduled participation in the Tour of Catalunya to instead ride in the Criterium.
Contador has called Armstrong as “a rider like any other” in comments on the event’s website, and indeed, the American cyclist has been riding a lackluster season thus far. His last event alone saw Armstrong finish in 7th place at the Vuelta de Murcia in Spain, a rather disappointing result for his fans considering the clout and reputation of the rider.
Meanwhile, Cadel Evans, the man that Contador is looking to beat, is enjoying the trip to Corsica, and wears his rainbow jersey during training rides. Evans describes the experience of wearing his jersey (as world champion) as “incredible”, and adds that he is not getting sick of wearing the prestigious garment at all.
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