In a lot of ways, comparing Alberto Contador or Lance Armstrong to Brett Favre is borderline insulting to your intelligence. However, in one way, it completely works: the Contador/Armstrong soap opera is threatening to devour the Cycling media for the immediate future, with Spanish media camped out on Contador's lawn providing daily updates, a la the horrible Brett Favre saga. Today, ESPN is running an AP story which includes this nugget:
"If I am not happy I will change teams," the 25-year-old Spaniard said. "The team has said it has complete confidence in me, but this is a particular situation and I will have to see what happens in the coming weeks to then decide what is best for my future. Four weeks from now the situation could be completely different."
The problem with the truth is, suppressing it is a 24/7 job. No matter how many press releases Bruyneel and Armstrong put out saying how everyone has pledged cooperation and harmony, the inevitable conflict is bound to be revealed in an unguarded moment. And Contador, as the guy with the strongest claim to team leadership, is almost certain to be the guy who lets down his guard. Expect everyone to keep making nice, until the situation detonates. I'll put the over/under at, oh, October 22.