Alberto Contador: The Man, The Myth, The Idiot

As most of you know, I am not a fan of Alberto Contador.  That said, I never denied his talent.  For the last few years, he has dominated the peloton with his climbing skills, time trialing ability, and the endurance to wage, as well as respond to, attacks.  But despite this, history has shown time and time again that Contador is an immature rider.  It is primarily this reason why he will never be as great as Lance Armstrong.  Many will say that Lance Armstrong is an egotistical rider who cares only about himself.  Maybe that is the case, but he was political about it, and knew how to manage those feelings and instincts outwardly.  That is an intangible factor that only comes with maturity.  Armstrong recognized that during his first bid for the Tour De France.

Contador, on the other hand, has regressed every year, and has expressed his egotistical instincts outwardly, like a little child, not like a champion professional bike racer that he should be.  Professional bike racing is forty five percent talent, forty percent your team, and fifteen percent politics.  Contador has not mastered the latter, and has pissed on the second.

It is thus with no great surprise that many pros are outwardly supporting Contador with his recent positive drug test, in the sense that they urge a fair review of Contador’s samples.   But inwardly, they are laughing, in that, “That mother*&^%^& had it coming” kind of way.  It’s the fate of professional bike racing.  You act immature, the professional bike racing god will piss on you.  The most successful bike riders who are now legends praised and respected the god.  For that reason, Armstrong will never get caught in a doping scandal . . . that sticks.  All the haters can cry all they want, but nothing has stuck.  Nothing.

Contador, on the other hand, got his hand in the cookie jar.  Not simply an allegation, but a suspension based on a test.

Anyway, good luck, Contador.  I’m really sure it was a piece of meat that caused the spike in your system.