MADRID, SPAIN Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of America, who had criticized his Astana teammate Alberto Contador of Spain as being inexperienced earlier this year, responded on Twitter to fresh criticism leveled by Contador.
Contador said he had no personal admiration for the Armstrong and that tensions in their interpersonal relationship negatively impacted the Astana team.
"Seeing these comments from AC (Alberto Contador). If I were him I'd drop this drivel and start thanking his team. w/o them, he doesn't win," Armstrong added. "A champion is also measured on how much he respect his teammates and opponents."
"Hey pistolero, there is no 'I' in 'team'. what did I say in March? Lots to learn. Restated," Armstrong wrote.
The "pistolero" remark stems from Contador's habit of celebrating victories by shooting an imaginary pistol.
Much like he celebrates his existence by constantly shooting off his mouth.