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Ice cool Contador trains sights on Armstrong


CYCLING-TOUR/It looks like Alberto Contador has learned from the master himself, with the Spaniard apparently intent on unsettling the seven-times Tour de France champion with his recent change of schedule.

Contador announced on Tuesday he was re-shuffling his race calendar following a commanding victory on Paris-Nice. Instead of taking part in the Tour of Catalonia, the defending Tour champion will travel to Corsica for the two-day Criterium International, where he will square up with Armstrong, who had decided to go to Corsica instead of Catalonia after Contador first announced he would race in Spain!

Has Contador decided it is time for payback already?

Last year, his then Astana team mate Armstrong hit out at him after he cracked in the penultimate stage of Paris-Nice (“Amazing talent but still a lot to learn,” the American wrote on Twitter).

He did not stop there.

“Alberto did not follow team orders,” he said after Contador attacked in the climb to Arcalis during the 2009 Tour. “Hey Pistolero, there’s no ‘I’ in ‘team’,” he also wrote after finishing third in the Tour.